Madrid: Actual Madrid head to Morocco seeking their fifth Membership World Cup trophy, a welcome distraction from disaster discuss after falling eight factors behind rivals Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s facet had been crushed 1-0 at Actual Mallorca in a irritating sport which dented their bid to retain the Spanish league title, however they will earn their second piece of silverware of the season this week.
Madrid lifted the European Tremendous Cup in August, beating German facet Eintracht Frankfurt, however had been broken by defeat in opposition to rivals Barcelona within the Spanish Tremendous Cup closing in January.
The file four-time Membership World Cup champions face Egyptian facet Al Ahly, runners-up within the African Champions League, on Wednesday within the second semi-final.
Within the first, on Tuesday, Brazil’s Flamengo, 2022 Copa Libertadores winners, play Saudi Arabian facet Al-Hilal, holders of the Asian Champions League trophy.
Actual Madrid gained a LaLiga and Champions League double final season however have struggled to hit the identical heights this 12 months.
French striker Karim Benzema, the present Ballon d’Or holder, has been set again by frequent accidents, whereas a number of different squad members have additionally been sidelined. The newest is goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, not match to face Al Ahly after a thigh downside.
Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, Eden Hazard and Lucas Vazquez are set to overlook the event as effectively.
Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin stepped in for Courtois in opposition to Mallorca and stated the group needed to deal with their new problem in Morocco.
“It’s Actual Madrid and we all the time come again,” stated Lunin.
“We’ve obtained the Membership World Cup arising and now we have to be prepared for it.
“We will’t spend an excessive amount of time eager about defeat. We’ve to review our errors and transfer on.”
Madrid may even be completely satisfied to flee for a number of days to get away from the circus round winger Vinicius Junior.
The Brazilian ahead feels focused by opponents, fouled 10 instances in opposition to Mallorca, and concerned in a confrontation with defender Antonio Raillo.
Vinicius has additionally been the sufferer of racist abuse on a number of events this season from opposition supporters, together with throughout Madrid’s defeat final weekend, a matter being investigated by LaLiga.
In Rabat, the place Los Blancos face Al Ahly, Madrid will relish enjoying in entrance of an viewers extra interested by having fun with Vinicius’ high quality fairly than haranguing the 22-year-old.
“This impacts LaLiga however now now we have to consider the Membership World Cup,” stated Ancelotti on Sunday.
“We’re going with quite a lot of hope, with difficulties too, however we are going to handle it in one of the best ways we will.”
Regardless of a refreshing change of surroundings, the additional matches are a double-edged sword for Madrid.
Ancelotti has complained about Madrid’s intense calendar, blaming tiredness for a few of his group’s damage points.
“We gained’t throw away a contest, as a result of this membership doesn’t throw away competitions,” Ancelotti stated final week.
“We’re excited to play and the gamers prefer it, however there’s a restrict for all the things and I feel that proper now, with this calendar, we’re going over it.”
In addition to successful in 2014, throughout Ancelotti’s first spell in cost, Madrid additionally lifted the trophy in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Madrid additionally gained three Intercontinental Cups in 1960, 1998 and 2002 — a match between European and South American champions, which merged with the Membership World Cup in 2005.
Egyptian Premier League leaders Al Ahly have gained the African Champions League a file 10 instances, whereas Madrid have lifted the European equal a file 14 instances.
Al Ahly beat MLS facet Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Saturday to achieve the semi-finals, because of Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy’s late strike, after thrashing Auckland Metropolis 3-0 on 1 February within the first spherical.
Regardless of going unbeaten since 27 August, Al Ahly stay underdogs in opposition to European juggernauts Madrid.
Throughout their seven earlier appearances on the event, the one time Al Ahly have confronted a European facet was in 2020, once they misplaced 2-0 to Bayern Munich.
Actual Madrid squad:
Goalkeepers: Lunin, Luis López and Cañizares.
Defenders: Carvajal, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rüdiger and Marvel.
Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Camavinga, Valverde, Tchouameni, D. Ceballos, Mario Martín and Arribas.
Forwards: Asensio, Vini Jr., Rodrygo and Mariano.
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