Saturday, December 9, 2023

Modric and Kroos, starting

There are already eleven from Madrid in the Metropolitano! The white team faces the first big mountain of the new season and to do this, Ancelotti will put a team with many changes. He will come out with an Italian-type defense. On the right side, Lucas repeated in the eleven because of Carvajal’s overload. The one from Leganés didn’t train against Union Berlin and he didn’t do it today against Atlético to avoid taking risks. On the other side, Fran García returned to the starting line after starting from the bench in the Champions League, and in the center of the defense, the gala couple so far this season: Rüdiger and Alaba.

The main developments take place in the core. Ancelotti wants to strengthen his midfield and includes five midfielders. Among them, Kroos and Modric. After enjoying the second role in this start of the league, in the first high-profile game of the season, Carletto gave them the keys to the engine room. At the pivot, the German will try to use his good foot, with Camavinga and Valverde at his side. Bellingham will be the hitch driver and Zadar’s genius will be the false nine, with Rodrygo as his partner.

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The Brazilian has a point to settle the goal since the first day in San Mamés and hopes to settle it today against the red and white team, against whom he scored two goals (one of them decisive) last season. Therefore, the eleven presented by the Reggiolo people were formed by: Kepa; Lucas, Rüdiger, Alaba, Fran Garcia; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Bellingham; Modric and Rodrygo. From the bench, players like Brahim or Tchouaméni could have weight in the second half.

Soon, a scene

Simeone had only one doubt in the center of the field and finally chose Koke. The captain, who was injured on August 14, has been training normally during the week and looks good to start the derby. So, the 6 occupy the position of Barrios, injured in Roma, and have a full Spanish core with Saúl and Llorente.

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There is another difference in the eleven compared to the one that came out against Lazio. Giménez entered the center of defense, who had overcome his illness and, after a few minutes in Valencia and Roma, jumped into the starting team, together with Savic and Hermoso. Wings for Nahuel Molina, undisputed on the right, and Lino, Cholo’s bet on the left. Oblak defended the goal.

In the attack there are no moves either. The coach is betting on the duo from the last games: Griezmann and Morata. On the bench, and as aces to shake the derby in the second half, Correa and Memphis remained, along with Riquelme, Witsel, Javi Galán, Azpilicueta, Grbic and the young players Kostis and Gomis. In this way, the eleven athletes are composed of: Oblak; Nahuel, Savic, Giménez, Hermoso, Lino; Llorente, Koke, Saul; Morata and Griezmann.

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