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Real Madrid face Sociedad with 3 key defenders out!!

Posted on November 08, 2013 by admin

With Real Madrid already lying six points behind fierce La Liga rivals Barcelona and five behind city rivals Atletico, it goes without saying that Carlo Ancelotti and his players are walking a fine line. Another early slip up would give the club a huge task to catch up and would put a negative spin on things heading in to the two week international break.

So the news that three key defenders are unavailable this weekend is about as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit. At least tomorrow’s La Liga clash against 7th placed Real Sociedad is at home and the Santiago Bernabeu has been a fortress for a long time, with the only points dropped there this season being the narrow loss to Atletico.

However, it is the defensive side of the game that has been of concern recently, so the suspension of Sergio Ramos along with injuries to Marcelo and Coentrao has left Ancelotti with a problem. That leaves Madrid with no specialised left back, and no cover. The back four line-up is likely to be Carvajal on the right with Arbeloa moving to the left and Varane and Pepe in the middle.

On the face of it that is a pretty strong four, but there is no cover and Arbeloa is out of position. Marcelo has really been adding an extra dimension in attack as well, which Arbeloa will not do. So I guess the message will be to attack. With Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema up front, hopefully Sociedad will be too busy defending their own goal to attack ours.

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