Club World Cup 2023: Egyptian meringues face obstacle in Morocco |  Video

real Madrid starts this wednesday before Al Ahly from Egypt his journey in the FIFA Club World Cup 2023, with a semifinal duel in which has to confirm their favouritism, to be held at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco.

The Spanish team is looking for a necessary joy to leave behind doubts and distrust who dominates his most recent performances in LaLiga against a cAfrican outfit that dreams of giving the bell with its continental power as collateral.

Those led by Carlo Ancelotti arrive in Morocco as reigning European champions and looking to keep his immaculate statistics in this appointment from its current formatalthough touched after the last unexpected defeat (1-0) against Majorcaa very significant ‘stumbling block’, since it leaves eight points from Barcelona in the fight for the titlenow further.

Therefore, you need a change course urgently to face with sufficient physical and psychological guarantees a February loaded with parties in which a good part of the future ‘merengue’ of this season will be decided. So before going back to Champions League, conquer the fifth Club World Cup would be the best plus to gain strength.

With 10 points out of 18 possible in the League after the break for the Qatar World Cup 2022, Real Madrid He already sees on the nearest horizon the departure of the Round of 16 of the Champions League against Liverpool (February 21st), the derby against Atlético (25) and the first Cup Classic (March 2). Matches of maximum demand for which a regularity absent up to now is essential, although Ancelotti insists that “the team is growing”.

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However, the nursing has also become an obstacle for Real Madrid, who will not be able to count for this semifinal due to injury with three ‘heavyweights’ such as Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao and Karim Benzema.

These three basic pillars in the Italian scheme could be incorporated for a hypothetical final if they overcome their discomfort, but his absence this Wednesday forces the Italian coach to continue shooting with what he has, even with a ‘patch’.

Andriy Lunin, holder in Mallorca, will repeat in the goal, with a defense that could be made up of Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rüdiger, Nacho and, the novelty, David praises. The Austrian is already recovered and had minutes in Palma, so it seems that he will take that place where he had converted Eduardo Camavinga.

In the middle, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric They were not starters in the League, so they would aim to complete Aurelien Tchouameni as a pivot, although there are the options of two players on the rise as Daniel Ceballos and his own camavinga. The Andalusian could even reinforce the middle to counteract the physique of a rival who will surely wait behind.

If Ancelotti does not change his 4-3-3, he must decide whether to repeat the attacking trio of last Sunday, with Rodrygo Goes as a false ‘9’, accompanied by a Viniciusthe protagonist lately out of the purely sporting focus and who hopes to have a less tense game than the last ones, and Marco Asensio, or if he puts a Fede Valverde that it still does not take off from before the break.

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With everything, Real Madrid favorite party to reach the final of a tournament that he has won in four times 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018and whose first obstacle will be a Al Ahly who owns the match record (20) in the FIFA Club World Cup and it is the most powerful team in the history of African footballwith 10 continental titles.

Two editions ago in 2021, they finished third in the tournament, his best result, after defeating on penalties palmeiras in the game that defined the third and fourth place. The North African team, without conceding a goal in five of their last six matches in the tournament, have prevailed in two previous rounds, leaving the Auckland City New Zealand, champion of Oceania, 3-0, and the Seattle Sounders with a goal from Afsha in the 88th minute.

Despite the fact that in the last two seasons his performance has been below expectations and that It does not have excessively well-known figures, he Al Ahlyleader of the Egyptian Premier Leagueis undefeated since the end of August 2022 and will surely put up a lot of resistance supported by his physical strength and his lower pressure against a real Madrid whom he already beat 1-0 in a friendly in 2001.

Club World Cup / Semifinal
Al Ahly (Egypt) vs. real Madrid
Stadium: Prince Moulay Abdellah
Headquarters: Rabat, Morocco
Referee: Andrés Matonte Cabrera (Uruguay)
Hours: 1:00 p.m., Mexico City time

possible alignments
Al Ahly
Abdel Monem
Percy Tau
Hamdi Fathi
al sulaya
DT: Marcel Koller

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real Madrid
DT: Carlo Ancelotti

(With information from Europe Press)

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