·25 May 2023
·25 May 2023
Diego Simeone's side were held in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Espanyol which, coming after Real's victory over Rayo Vallecano, now puts Los Blancos one point ahead with two games left to go. First up on the agenda is Sevilla, who may be more than a little preoccupied by Wednesday's impending Europa League final.
Here's how Carlo Ancelotti could set up.
GK: Thibaut Courtois - Courtois has ten clean sheets this season and will dream of picking up the two he needs to tie Atletico's Jan Oblak in the final two games.
RB: Dani Carvajal - Real's veteran right-back is back from injury and should keep his place in the lineup.
CB: Eder Militao - Militao was benched for the Rayo game but should return to the starting lineup for this one.
CB: David Alaba - Alaba is usually ahead of Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order, even playing centrally and pushing the German out to the left last time out.
LB: Eduardo Camavinga - While he continues to publicly insist he is not a left-back, there's no denying how impactful the Frenchman has been in this role.
DM: Toni Kroos - Sensational against Rayo, Kroos will look to keep that momentum going.
CM: Luka Modric - The Croatian came off for the final 20 minutes of the Rayo game, giving himself the best possible chance of keeping his legs fresh for this one.
CM: Dani Ceballos - Ancelotti is a huge fan of Ceballos and may need to draft the Spaniard in because of some serious injury issues further up the field.
RW: Federico Valverde - Valverde may be needed out in this unorthadox role to make up the numbers in attack.
ST: Rodrygo - Karim Benzema has been ruled out because of the foot injury he suffered in midweek, so the reliable Rodrygo should get another run-out as a striker.
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