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- Real Madrid have the best defensive record in the league with 9 goals conceded in 13 games
- Cadiz have the worse offensive record in the league with 10 goals from 12 games while conceding 17 goals in the process
- Real Madrid have scored 28 goals, a record bettered only by Girona and Atletico.
Real Madrid can surely expect Cadiz to park the bus and play for a point but this is a game Los Blancos should win even with all the recent troubles.
The predicted Lineups
Given how much Ancelotti enjoys Kroos playing as a pivot, one can expect Kroos to start in the DM role with Rodrygo replacing Vinicius in attack on the left side. Fede and Jude will continue in their familiar roles while Modric will likely be paired with Kroos at the base of midfield. Joselu start in order to guarantee a box threat.
Ancelotti has used variations of the 4-4-2 this season and it is his most trusted approach so far. We might see a 4-3-3 during the game but with Vinicius missing, getting the best out of Jude will be the priority.
Some Guys have all the luck
Cristiano Ronaldo gifted Viní Jr his Portugal shirt from the match vs Liechtenstein pic.twitter.com/qafFT3uqvJ— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) November 25, 2023
Vini received a personalised gift from the great Cristiano Ronaldo. While the shirt was from a match against Lichtenstein, the significance will not be lost on Vinicius. Ronaldo scored his 128th international goal in that shirt.
Raul on the move?
A small tribute to Xabi
Happy 42nd Birthday to the legendary Regista
The man from the Basque country is loved among Madridistas in some ways like Zidane in that he didn’t grow up in the club but he’s been adopted as one of its favourite sons. Hopefully we’ll see him in the Real Madrid dugout next season.
Leverkusen: Righting the ship
One more 3-0 win for Bayer ⚫️— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 25, 2023
Xabi Alonso keeps going with excellent results in all competitions
️ 17 games
⚽️ 62 goals scored
⛔️ 14 goals conceded
Top of Bundesliga
Top of Europa League group pic.twitter.com/tUh4izEHhC
Leverkusen were 2nd from bottom in the Bundesliga when Xabi took over in October of 2022. He proceeded to bring stability and calm reaching the Europa league semifinals while also finishing 5th in the league. This season, Leverkusen are the form team in Europe. Unbeaten in all competitions with their only blemish, a draw against Die Roten in Munich.
Leverkusen are scoring at 3.6 goals per game which is quite extraordinary and a testament to how well Xabi has them playing. Conceding 0.8 goals per game also means they are defensively sound for a team that is playing some heavy offense.
It is Xabi Alonso's 42nd birthday today, so sit back and enjoy 140 seconds of him passing the football.— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) November 25, 2023
Such a pure baller. pic.twitter.com/73kDb8loFq
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