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Carlo Ancelotti names squad list for final game in 2023 at the Mendizorroza

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In a much-anticipated showdown, Real Madrid is set to take on Alaves at the Mendizorroza Stadium on Thursday night. Carlo Ancelotti has named his squad list for the night. The game is a crucial matchday 18 fixture of the 2023/2024 La Liga EA Sports season. The encounter not only marks the final game of the year for Los Blancos but also presents an opportunity for them to bid farewell to 2023 with a victory.

The week leading up to the match has been riddled with challenges for Real Madrid. Notably, the unexpected injury to key defender David Alaba during the weekend. However, despite this setback, the spirits within Carlo Ancelotti’s squad remain undaunted as they gear up for the battle that lies ahead. Ancelotti will undoubtedly be devising strategies to overcome the absence of Alaba and ensure a strong defensive display against Alaves.

Currently occupying the second spot on the La Liga table, Real Madrid trails league leaders Girona by a mere two points. The importance of securing three points in the upcoming clash cannot be overstated, as it not only aids in narrowing the gap to Girona. It also strengthens Real’s position in the league standings.

20 men to close the year

Carlo Ancelotti is aware of the significance of this fixture and has meticulously summoned a squad of 20 players for the Thursday night encounter.

The selection process takes into account the team’s recent form. Also, individual player performances and the tactical nuances required to outmaneuver Alaves are regarded. With the likes of seasoned veterans and emerging talents, Ancelotti aims to field a balanced and dynamic lineup capable of delivering the desired result.

As the Real Madrid faithful eagerly anticipate the last match of the year, there is a palpable sense of optimism. The Mendizorroza Stadium will be the stage for an intense battle between two La Liga contenders, each vying for supremacy in the quest for league glory.

For Real Madrid, this match represents more than just a football contest; it symbolizes the culmination of a year filled with ups and downs. The players, led by Ancelotti, will be fueled by a collective determination to cap off 2023 with a win. This will set the tone for a promising start to the new year.

Full list

Goalkeepers:

Lunin, Kepa and Fran.

Defenders:

Nacho, Lucas Vazquez, Fran García, Rüdiger, Vinicius Tobias and Asencio.

Midfielders:

Bellingham, Kroos, Modrić, Valverde, Tchouameni, Ceballos and Nico Paz.

Forwards:

Rodrygo, Joselu, Brahim and Gonzalo Garcia.

Several players from the first team will miss the game through injury. They include: Alaba, Mendy, Carvajal, Vinicius, Camavinga, Courtois, Militao and Arda Güler.

Real Madrid will hope to secure a win to close a year where the team won two titles; the Club World Cup and Copa del Rey.

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