FIFA Club World Cup 2023, the 19th edition of the competition will be held from February 1-11, 2023, in Morocco. The current European (UEFA) champions Real Madrid will represent Europe among 5 other continental champions and the host nation’s league champions.
The Spanish giants Real Madrid beat Liverpool by a 1-0 goal to win the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League. This year, it will be Real Madrid’s 6th appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup. They previously took part in 2000, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. They won the competition four times, most for a club. The European giants will be the favorites once again to lift the trophy.
Now, let’s take a quick look at the potential Real Madrid squad for the FIFA Club World Cup 2023.
Real Madrid Squad
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti will name a 23-man squad (three of whom have to be goalkeepers). Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team’s first match.
Here’s the potential roster of Real Madrid.
|Goalkeepers||Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin|
|Defenders||David Alaba, Nacho Fernandez, Antonio Rudiger, Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, Jesus Vallejo, Alvaro Odriozola|
|Midfielders||Luka Modric, Toni Kross, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Ceballos|
|Forwards||Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, Mariano Diaz|
Eden Hazard is the big name who will be unavailable for Real Madrid in the FIFA Club World Cup. The Belgian star will miss out due to a sprained ankle. Lucas Vasquez will sit out for the same reason.
David Alaba, Dani Carvajal, and Tchouameni have minor issues too. However, they are expected to be fit for the tournament.
- Karim Benzema
- Vinicius Junior
- Luka Modric
2022 Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema will be key for Real Madrid alongside the Brazilian duo Vini and Rodrygo. Luka Modric will be the engine of the midfield.
The French striker Benzema is the leading goal scorer for Real Madrid in La Liga this season, scoring 9 goals so far. Vinicius and Rodrygo are in good touch. Rodrygo has 5 assists in La Liga. Vini has scored 6 in the league and another 4 in the Champions League.
Real Madrid’s Fixtures
As the champions of the UEFA region, Real Madrid have received a bye to the semi-finals round.
Madrid will face Al Ahly, Auckland City, or the Seattle Sounders in the semi-finals, on February 8, 2023, at 7:00 pm GMT.
|Semi-Final||Real Madrid vs Al Ahly / Auckland City / Seattle Sounders||Wednesday, February 8, 2023||7:00 pm GMT||Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat|
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