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How Will These Three Real Madrid Players Perform In The 2022 FIFA World Cup In Qatar?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Real Madrid will have 12 players taking part for their respective countries in the 2022 FIFA World Cup which will take place in Qatar soon. This prestigious FIFA competition is taking place for the first time in the Middle East.

Let’s focus on three of those 12 Real Madrid players and try to determine how they will perform in this year’s World Cup.

Dani Carvajal (Spain)

Carvajal is expected to be Spain’s main right-back in this edition of the FIFA World Cup. He has struggled to be consistent with his performances for Real Madrid this season but has done well to pick up three assists in 18 appearances for Los Blancos across all fronts.

The 30-year-old is not getting any younger and will try to make the most out of his World Cup appearances later this month. We can expect him to play a key role for Spain when the competition gets underway on November 20.

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Marco Asensio (Spain)

The Spaniard has played a sporadic role for Los Blancos during this campaign but has managed to put in a few influential displays for them on the attacking third of the pitch. Asensio has registered three goals and three assists in 15 matches for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season in all competitions.

Despite making most of his appearances as a substitute, the Spanish talent deserves some credit for averaging 0.9 shots and 0.8 key passes per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been excellent when linking up play with others around him in the final third, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 96.5% in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

The 26-year-old is unlikely to be a starter for Spain in this year’s World Cup. However, he will be expected to make a positive impact off the bench whenever Luis Enrique decides to opt for his services in Qatar.

Karim Benzema (France)

Benzema has enjoyed a decent start to this campaign with the Madrid giants as he has managed to bang in some important goals for them recently. The 34-year-old has found the back of the net on six occasions and earned one assist in 12 matches for Real Madrid this season across multiple competitions.

The Frenchman is currently out of action with a muscle problem but is expected to play a crucial role for his nation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He will be France’s most potent attacking weapon along with Kylian Mbappe throughout the competition.

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