Real Madrid confidently aimed for three points against the home team Almeria in the season's opening game to defend the La Liga championship after winning the European Super Cup.
Real Madrid started the season smoothly when they easily beat Frankfurt 2-0 and won the European Super Cup title, the team’s fourth trophy in 2022.
In Helsinki, Finland, coach Carlo Ancelotti introduced two rookies Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni – who came on from the bench.
In the opening match of La Liga, both will likely be the main stone of the Italian strategist.
During the summer friendly period, Rudiger was used as a left-back. In Helsinki, he came on as a substitute for Dani Carvajal on the right wing.
Entering the trip of Almeria, the German player will be able to play his forte centre-back. Coach Ancelotti wants him to adapt to the team to become an important factor when La Liga begins with a dense density.
Meanwhile, Tchouameni will replace Casemiro – the best player in the European Super Cup match.
Tchouameni, a signing of 80 million euros (plus 20 million euros in postpaid options), is under a lot of pressure. Casemiro’s performance against Frankfurt added to the pressure on the former Monaco man.
Real Madrid confidently aimed for three points against the home team Almeria in the season’s opening game to defend the La Liga championship after winning the European Super Cup. Almeria is not a formidable foe, giving Tchouameni the chance to display his abilities like he did in Ligue 1 games last year. He will have a great deal less psychological strain if he does well.
Real Madrid has always defeated Almeria in their last five meetings. In 4 of these matches, they outscored the Andalusian team by more than 3.
There are not many options in Almeria. In addition, Juanjo and Ivan Marcos are absent for the home squad due to injury.
The two teams are very different from one another. Almeria will find it challenging to shock Real Madrid, unlike Rayo Vallecano, who recently held Barcelona scoreless at the Nou Camp.
Almeria: Juanjo and Ivan Marcus injury.
Real Madrid: Carvajal and Rodrygo had mild pain and were not registered.
Almeria (4-1-4-1): Fernando; Pozo, Ely, Babic, Centelles; De la Hoz; Ramazani, Robertone, Samu, Portillo; Sadiq.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Modric, Tchouameni, Valverde; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius.