The Los Blancos have completed their transfer business very early this summer.
Real Madrid will enter the new season with a lot of expectations and baggage after winning La Liga and the Champions League last season. Carlo Ancelotti‘s side have strengthened their defence with the arrival of Antonio Rudiger and are not seeking further reinforcements. Going into next season, they look really compact and settled. However, Eden Hazard‘s lethal pre-season and Rudiger’s arrival will likely lead to some lineup changes for Los Blancos.
Today, we are here to look at the predicted Real Madrid lineup going into the upcoming season.
Goalkeeper- Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois was the main reason behind Real Madrid’s terrific last season. The Belgian goalkeeper looked unbeatable at times and is certain to retain his position as the custodian in goal. He made 36 starts last season and kept 16 clean-sheets to secure Real their 35th La Liga title.
Right Back- Daniel Carvajal
Daniel Carvajal has been the most underrated player in the Real Madrid lineup for years. It was he who was the silent hero of Zinedine Zidane’s triumphs during his first stint and he also contributed significantly last year.
Injuries have plagued him in the past few seasons and he made only 17 starts last time around. Now that he’s fit, he looks charged up going into his 10th season with the team.
Centre-Back- Eder Militao
Eder Militao‘s emergence as a world-class defender under Carlos Ancelotti was one of the biggest highlights of last season. The Brazilian centre-back was the pillar of Madrid’s defence last season and is again going to be a key player. He made 34 La Liga appearances last season and averaged 1.5 tackles and 3.1 clearances per match in the league.
Centre-Back- Antonio Rudiger
It looks like Antonio Rudiger will have to share the defensive load with Militao next season. He joined Los Blancos on a free transfer this summer and is expected to immediately fit into the team. Ancelotti rates him highly and he could form an ideal defensive partnership with Militao.
Left-Back- David Alaba
David Alaba shared the defensive duties with Militao as centre-back last season for Real Madrid, but the arrival of Rudiger is likely to change his position in the starting lineup. Alaba is expected to move back to his natural left-back position, where he has tasted the most success.
Madrid had Mendy on the left last season and he performed well throughout, but a player of Alaba’s stature is likely to get the nod ahead of the French full-back.
Defensive Midfielder- Casemiro
Casemiro is the heart and soul of Real Madrid’s team. Everything is unfinished without Casemio, whether it’s an attack or a defence. Having had another excellent season, the Brazilian midfielder is sure to keep his place.
Real Madrid do have a shining name like Aurélien Tchouaméni in the ranks as the heir to Casemiro’s throne in midfield, but the Brazilian is an indispensable member of the team.
Central Midfielder- Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos is another irreplaceable member of Real Madrid’s team. He has been weaving his magic in midfield for years and at 32, he is still one of the best midfielders in the world.
In spite of this, he’s unlikely to start every game because of his workload, which could open the door for talented midfielders such as Eduardo Camavinga. But, Kroos is still likely to be the first-choice player in Madrid’s lineup.
Central Midfielder- Luka Modric
Carlos Ancelotti recently praised the trio of Luka Modric, Kroos, and Casemiro as a Bermuda Triangle in midfield and Modric is an important contributor to their success. With two goals and eight assists last season, the Croatian midfielder looked in his prime.
In the upcoming season, he is likely to share the midfield duties with his mates for the Los Blancos. Ancelotti’s first choice is likely to be Modric, despite the fact that Real Madrid also have Federico Valverde as a good option.
Right Winger- Rodrygo
Rodrygo has been rated as the future of Real Madrid’s attack and last season he showed some promise. A big €45m price tag was attached to the Brazilian prodigy when he arrived in Madrid and he hasn’t lived up to expectations so far.
Last season, he made 17 starts, scored four goals and provided four assists. Rodrygo is similar to Vinicius Junior and he might also be nearing his breakthrough season. Federico Valverde started in the right-wing spot in a number of key games last season and could very well feature in the same position next season.
Left Winger- Vinicius Junior
One player who unlocked his full potential and surprised everyone last season was Vinicius Junior. A rampant force on the wings, the Brazilian winger was a force to be reckoned with.
Last season, Vinicius improved his finishing after being criticized in the past for his poor skills. The 35 La Liga games he played saw him score 17 goals and provide 10 assists.
Striker- Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema had a stellar outing under Ancelotti in the 2021/22 season. He single-handedly took Real Madrid to La Liga and Champions League triumph with his impeccable performances week-after-week.