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Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Eder Militão, Nacho, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicíus.
Subs: Lunin, Altube, Hazard, Asensio, Isco, Mariano, Rodrygo, Blanco, Miguel.
Sevilla: Bono; Jesús Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Fernando, Rakitic, Jordán; Suso, Papu Gómez, Ocampos.
Subs: Vaclik, Javi Díaz, S Gómez, Rekik, Gudelj, De Jong, Rodríguez, En-Nesyri, Aleix Vidal, Escudero, Óliver Torres, Vázquez.
This has not been a vintage Real Madrid season. Playing at their training ground, they have watched Atlético threaten to run away with the title and suffered what felt like an era-ending defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Florentino Pérez’s Super League machinations, motivated by money problems, have made him the poster boy for the modern game’s greed. Real Madrid appear diminished, on and off the pitch. And yet, here we are.
Atléti’s draw at Barcelona – a game that was much more engaging than the 0-0 scoreline suggests – mean that Real can go top of the table with a win here, the title race in their hands with three games to go. As Sergio Ramos once said, “whoever says Real Madrid are dead is always proved wrong in the long term.” He said it in defence of Julen Lopetegui, pleading for patience as the manager’s Madrid tenure span off the rails in 2018.