Real Madrid will take on Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 28th at the Stade de France in Paris after they knocked out Premier League winners Manchester City in dramatic fashion to seal a place in this year’s final. Only Liverpool now stand in the way of their sixth European cup win, but with Jurgen Klopp’s side keen to win their third trophy of the season and bounce back after missing out on the Premier League title to City, this will be no easy task. Here is our Real Madrid Predicted lineup.
Real Madrid Predicted Lineup for Champions League Final Against Liverpool
How Real Madrid Have Lined-Up Recently
Real Madrid have favoured a 4-3-3 formation under manager Carlo Ancelotti this season, however, we should expect this formation to shift throughout the game to counter specific threats from the opposition. In the semi-final against Manchester City, the formation shifted to more of a 4-4-1-1 to apply pressure on the opposition’s midfield.
With such a coveted prize on the line, Ancelotti will likely rely on his experienced midfield trio of Luca Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos behind a front three of Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema Federico Valverde. While winger Rodrygo scored the two goals needed to send the semi-final to extra-time, Ancelotti has favoured Valverde in the starting line-up in the Champions League for his defensive work rate. However, Rodrygo could feature from the bench much in the way he did in the last round.
Real Madrid Injuries to Consider
David Alaba is the only notable injury for Real Madrid as the centre-back has missed some time due to a thigh injury. Alaba has however been named in the 26-man squad that will travel to Paris for the final so there is a chance he could re-join the line-up in place of Nacho Fernandez.
With no other injuries to worry about at this stage, Ancelotti will be happy that he can name a full-strength squad to try and bring home the Champions League trophy.
Predicted Real Madrid Starting 11
With the prize of Champions League victory so close, it’s likely that Ancelloti will lean on the experience within his squad to start the game. If Alaba is declared fit he will also add to that experience in the heart of the defence, providing the five-time European champions with a solid base from which to build their attacks. The front three of Vinicius Junior, Valverde and Benzema has been reliable in the Champions League this campaign and so it’s unlikely that the manager will change the formula at this crucial stage.
With youthful players such as Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo on the bench, Ancelotti may also fancy his chances to apply the pressure late on in the game in order to grab the win. That being said, Liverpool are not a team who will tire easily so Real Madrid will certainly have a battle on their hands.
Real Madrid predicted lineup: Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Éder Militão, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modrić, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinícius Júnior