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Real Madrid sets their sights on claiming the first trophy of the 2023/24 campaign by facing Barcelona in the Supercopa de España final. After defeating city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-final, a Clásico in Saudi Arabia awaits, with Barcelona securing their spot by triumphing over Osasuna.

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Despite facing fitness concerns in defense, manager Carlo Ancelotti is expected to field a familiar XI, with Jude Bellingham aiming for a standout performance in the Middle East. Leading the La Liga title race with a seven-point advantage over Barcelona, Real Madrid enters the final as favorites.

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Here’s the predicted starting lineup Ancelotti is likely to choose when Real Madrid faces Barcelona, aligning in a 4-3-1-2 formation:

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Goalkeeper (GK): Kepa Arrizabalaga
– Despite a strong start against Atletico Madrid, Kepa faced challenges and will aim for a more solid performance in the final.

Right-Back (RB): Dani Carvajal
– Carvajal had a mixed game against Atleti, contributing with a goal but facing challenges. With limited options at right-back, Ancelotti is likely to retain him.

Center-Backs (CB):
– Antonio Rudiger: With Alaba and Militao absent, Rudiger shoulders significant responsibility and demonstrated confidence with a goal in the semi-final.
– Nacho Fernandez: The club captain, not on the scoresheet in the semi-final, is relied upon for his solid displays.

Left-Back (LB): Ferland Mendy
– Despite speculations about a potential summer replacement, Mendy, having scored a rare goal against Atleti, deserves a starting position.

**Central Midfielders (CM):**
– Federico Valverde: An impactful and tireless player, Valverde’s contributions are crucial for Madrid.
– Aurelien Tchouameni: His absence was notable when injured, and Madrid appears settled and dynamic with him in the lineup.
– Eduardo Camavinga: Ancelotti is likely to bring in the younger Camavinga, completing the preferred midfield from the start of the season.

Attacking Midfielder (AM): Jude Bellingham
– With a recent goal drought, Bellingham aims to make an impact against Barcelona as he did in their first clash this season.

Strikers (ST):
– Rodrygo: Despite a missed opportunity in the semi-final, Ancelotti is likely to retain Rodrygo over Joselu.
– Vinicius Junior: Overcoming injuries this season, Vinicius seeks to regain consistent goal-scoring form for Real Madrid.

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