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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Confirmed lineups as Hazard starts Madrid derby on bench

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The city-rivals lock horns in a crucial La Liga game at Wanda Metropolitano.

Real Madrid will take on Atletico Madrid as they hope to maintain their perfect start to the new season.

Carlo Ancelotti has made two changes to the Blancos lineup that defeated RB Leipzig 2-0 on Wednesday.

Eder Militao has returned to Real Madrid’s XI to start ahead of Nacho. David Alaba will return to the left-hand side of Real Madrid’s backline while Militao pairs up with Antonio Rudiger down the middle.

In midfield, Ancelotti has decided to replace Eduardo Camavinga with Toni Kroos. The German star will form Blancos’ three-man midfield line alongside Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric.

Despite Karim Benzema’s absence, Ancelotti has refused to start Eden Hazard.

The Blancos will continue playing with Federico Valverde, Rodrygo, and Vinicius Junior in their forward line.

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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Official lineups

Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak, Carasco, Reinaldo, Witsel, Felipe, Llorente, De Paul, Kondogbia, Koke, Felix, Griezmann.

Real Madrid XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Alaba, Mendy, Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos, Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius.

As expected, the Rojiblancos start the game with several changes to the lineup that lost 2-0 against Leverkusen on Tuesday.

Jan Oblak returns to the Atletico lineup, while Yannick Carrasco, and Reinaldo, start ahead of Mario Hermoso and Reinaldo Mandava in Atletico’s backline.

Unlike Atletico’s recent matches, Diego Simeone has decided to start Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman replaces Alvaro Morata, who has struggled for form lately.

Griezmann and Joao Felix will play behind Koke, while Rodrigo De Paul has replaced Saul in Atletico’s midfield.