Real Madrid: 5 players who must shine on Saturday vs. Real Betis

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Real Madrid, Marcelo
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LB Marcelo

Although Marcelo had a terrible game against Getafe, he was forced into the left back position in a back four due to a host of absences. He played considerably better on Matchday 31 at Cadiz as a left wing back/auxillary midfielder. That’s the position where his best match of the season, February against Getafe, occurred.

Marcelo actually made a team-high five tackles against Cadiz, as playing further up the pitch enabled the club legend to make a more profound defensive impact without getting caught out. Look for him to play this role again this Saturday against Betis. If he can keep playing well in a wing back/midfield role, Marcelo could boost his case for remaining a Madridista in the 2021-2022 season.

RB Dani Carvajal

After making a good appearance off the bench in his return from injury against Cadiz, Dani Carvajal is expected to start for the first time since re-injuring himself against Valencia in February.

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Carvajal is by far the best right back in La Liga. And with Lucas Vazquez injured for potentially the rest of the season, Carvajal’s return could not come at a better time. He could play further up the pitch in a more attacking role with Militao cleaning up behind him, and that means we could see a lot of deadly crosses and even some exciting runs into the box from the well-rounded right back. Don’t be surprised if Carvajal manages to register an assist for the red-hot Karim Benzema, who had all three goal contributions at Cadiz.