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Open Thread: December 21, 2023

Your Thursday Edition of the Daily Merengue

Real Madrid CF v Paris FC: Group D - UEFA Women’s Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

The Open Thread/Daily Merengue is a place where you can discuss anything and everything related to football. Feel free to discuss the topics presented here, or start your very own discussions! The Open thread will be posted every day by one of the mods you’d totally watch Die Hard night with: Valyrian Steel, Felipejack, Kung_Fu_Zizou (AKA KFZ), Juninho and, of course... yours truly.

No CB Acquisition?

According to Jose Felix Diaz, Real Madrid, do not plan on signing a CB in the winter transfer market, in spite of only having 2 senior center backs at the moment. This is somewhat worrying. Alaba is out for the season. So is Militao. Now, we must expect Nacho and Rudiger to consistently perform at a very high level and stay fit for half a season, in which they are bound to face plenty of intense games. Asencio has been promoted to the first team now (from a Castilla squad already thin on defense) and we can only hope that he can provide the seniors with some much needed rest. But hey, let’s not get carried away. This is only one report. We may yet get another (young) CB.

So... On Reece’s Injury Record

Reece James is one we’ve been wanting for a while. Yet, many fans, in this blog also, have voiced concern over his fitness record. Well, the man’s had another unfortunate one.

The Super League Updates

Perez speech:

And... last match of the year

Line-up as expected, giving the circumstances.

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