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Real Madrid v Valencia - Preview and possible lineups

Real Madrid players celebrate their progression to the Champions League knockout stage. EFE

Real Madrid v Valencia - Preview and possible lineups

Elliot Turnbull by Elliot Turnbull @rfutbol - 1 5,615

We take a look ahead to Saturday's LaLiga clash between Real Madrid and Valencia from the Santiago Bernabeu.


Real Madrid: Solari could potentially opt to name an unchanged starting lineup after Tuesday night's impressive win at Roma.

Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio both dropped out of the team in midweek, and the Spanish duo may have to do with a place among the replacements this weekend.

Valencia: Marcelino must decide whether to keep two men in attack, with one of Rodrigo Moreno and Mina at risk of dropping out if the Valencia boss opts for a more defensive-minded formation.

Carlos Soler's place in the team is also at risk, but changes are likely to be kept to a minimum despite the defeat at Juventus in midweek.


Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari on facing Valencia: 

“We know they are a well-organised and tactically disciplined team. 

"They have conceded very few goals and we'll have to focus on our players and their talent, and make sure we're clinical and aggressive in the top three-quarters of the pitch”.

Valencia boss Marcelino on facing Barcelona:

"​Real Madrid has weapons to beat any team, but the truth is that it is being inconsistent in LaLiga.

"The leader of the championship is the one that less points total of the four most important leagues, which reflects the difficulty of winning each game, and beyond the three points three points, the intention is to win there.

"Real Madrid have great potential, they have been inconsistent, and we want them reduce their potential as they have had in some games.


Did you know?

Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last three competitive meetings with Valencia.

Valencia have not won at the Bernabeu since 2008. 

Both teams have registered at least one goal in the last 11 games, a period stretching to January 2013 when Valencia succumbed to a 5-0 defeat.


Real Madrid:

Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Llorente; Lucas, Benzema, Bale

Neto; Wass, Gabriel, Diakhaby, Gaya; Coquelin, Kondogbia, Parejo; Mina, Moreno, Guedes

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