The reunion match is set to take place this afternoon at the Benito Villamarín. Isco and Pellegrini will face their old team once again. The white team will try to maintain the lead in a tough field. Ancelotti continues with Lunin in goal and Luka Modric returns to the starting lineup. The offensive duo will once again be Brahim and Rodrygo, with Lucas taking the place of the injured Carvajal.
Lunin, the Ukrainian goalkeeper, has earned his position as a starter with his good performances. He has made some great saves and is sure of the first shot on goal that has been made against him. Lucas Vázquez will take Carvajal’s place at right back, and while he has not had many minutes this season, he emerged victorious in the first duel against Abde. However, he made a serious mistake that caused a rival chance.
The Austrian, Praise, has had a season of ups and downs and has not yet found his best level. Rüdiger, on the other hand, has become essential for Ancelotti and has been one of the best centre-backs in the world this season. Mendy has regained his position as a full-back and has had good minutes, projecting quite a bit down the Betis goal.
Valverde is an incombustible player, giving his all in attack and defense in each game. Modric, who returned after missing two games due to injury, had some good chances during the match. Kroos has shown his best form in the double pivot and has moved the team well, despite losing a dangerous ball that led to a great rival chance.
Bellingham, despite having shoulder or ankle problems, continues to be a differential player. Rodrygo has returned to form, unbalancing on the wing and creating opportunities. Brahim has gained Ancelotti’s trust with good performances and goals.
Ceballos and Joselu came on as substitutes in the 70th and 79th minutes, respectively. Ancelotti has been able to adapt to the numerous losses that the squad has faced, leading the team in the League and the Champions group stage. Overall, it was a good first half for Real Madrid, which only missed a goal.
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