Real Madrid expects lineup for the match against Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid will be hoping to record their 115th win against rivals Atletico Madrid when they meet in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.

Los Rojiblancos make the short trip to the Santiago Bernabeu looking to reach the last four in the backyard of their greatest rivals.

Carlo Ancelotti was still in his first spell as Real Madrid manager the last time they won this competition, with the now-retired Gareth Bale scoring the memorable decider.

Here’s how Los Blancos can play out in the quarter-finals.

GK: Thibaut Courtois – It is not appreciated outside of Madrid and boy does he want you to know that.

Right back: Nacho Fernandez – Ancelotti explained that Nacho’s mastery as a centre-back is exactly the reason he plays at full-back in this match. Whatever you say, Carlo.

Center back: Eder Militao – He will play in the central defense position most likely because he is less capable of playing this role by Ancelotti’s logic.

Center back: Antonio Rudiger – Come under fire in recent performances but have a chance to impress the injured David Alaba.

Left back: Ferland Mendy – His place in the side is somewhat protected since there is no competition for the role.

DM: Aurelien Tchoameni – Continuing a consistent first season as a long-term substitute for Real Casemiro.

Midfielder: Luka Modric – He’s starting to look 37 years old which is understandable. We will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing performance in a big game against Barcelona in the Supercopa a few weeks ago.

CM: Toni Kroos – Toni Kroos scored the right goal the last time around.

RW: Federico Valverde – His form has cooled down a bit since the World Cup. Unfortunately for Atleti, this meant that he was long overdue to put in a great performance.

CF: Karim Benzema – Do you remember when Benzema won the Ballon d’Or? That was only three months ago, it seems.

LW: Vinicius Jr – The comeback began with a 3-2 win at Villarreal in the final round of the Copa del Rey.

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