Hazard, Mariano out of Madrid’s squad against Valencia

Madrid only have four attackers available

By Web Desk
May 20, 2023
Eden Hazard in a UEFA Champions League match — Twitter / @theMadridZone

Eden Hazard and Mariano Diaz are set to Miss Real Madrid’s match against Valencia on Sunday (21 May).

The Belgian had some problems with his ankle due to which he was ruled out of the squad. Meanwhile, Mariano had some discomfort in his right thigh due to which he could not make the squad.

The Los Blancos will be playing their 35th league game. They are currently in second place with 71 points, 14 points behind the league leaders FC Barcelona (FCB) who won the league title with a last week's win against city-rivals Espanyol.

In their last five league matches, Madrid won three and lost two including a 2-0 and 4-2 away loss against Real Sociedad and Girona respectively.

Talking about tomorrow’s match, Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti told the press that the best starting XI will play as all the players have recovered. However, he will rotate against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday (May 24)

"The best XI will play tomorrow. All the players have recovered after City. We will rotate on Wednesday [vs Rayo] because we will have less days to recover," Ancelotti said.

Real Madrid squad:

Courtois, Lunin, Luis Lopez; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Jesus Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Lucas Vazquez, Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Tchouameni, Ceballos; Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo.

Last week, Manchester City thrashed the Spanish giants 4-0 at the Etihad for a 5-1 aggregate victory that exacted revenge for a dramatic semi-final exit to Madrid 12 months ago.

The collective brilliance of Guardiola´s side shone through on a night when stars Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne were kept scoreless.

Only a hat-trick of stunning saves by Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to deny Haaland his 53rd goal of the season saved the visitors from a historic humbling.

Bernardo Silva´s first-half double was the least City deserved from a near-flawless first half.

Even when they took their foot off the gas after the break, Manuel Akanji´s deflected goal and Julian Alvarez´s cool finish in stoppage time gave the scoreline a fair reflection.