Real Madrid will be looking for revenge for their only defeat of the season when they face hated rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de Espana in Saudi Arabia.
Los Blancos lost 3-1 at Atleti in September in La Liga, their only loss of the campaign across all competitions. This defeat feels like ages ago as Real Madrid now lead the domestic title race and have made it six wins in a row in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Atlético Madrid, meanwhile, have slipped to fifth in the league table and are fighting just to keep their Champions League spot. They have not won the Supercopa since 2014 as the competition is dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Real Madrid, the esteemed Spanish team, faces significant setbacks ahead of their clash against their arch rivals. Thibaut Courtois is sidelined for the entire season due to a cruciate ligament injury. Joining him on the sidelines are Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, and David Alaba, all ruled out due to injuries. This unfortunate situation leaves Real Madrid grappling with absences in key positions as they prepare to face Atletico.
During their upcoming match against Real Madrid, Diego Simeone’s team will be without several crucial players. Thomas Lemar, the attacking midfielder, and Pablo Barrios, the central midfielder, are sidelined due to Achilles tendon rupture and meniscus damage, respectively. Additionally, the absence of left winger Vitolo, nursing a knee injury, further adds to the team’s depleted lineup for the game.
Real Madrid predicted lineup (4-3-1-2):
Arrizabalaga; Garcia, Rudiger, Camavinga, Vazquez; Modric, Kroos, Valverde; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Diaz
Atletico predicted lineup (3-5-2):
Oblak; Lino, Witsel, Molina; Gimenez, Azpilicueta, Paul, Griezmann, Koke; Riquelme, Morata