They say that the chance to play for Real Madrid is a train that only arrives once at a player’s station. When such a calling arrives, it is indeed tempting to jump onto the bandwagon without a second thought.
Yet, it is not easy for new players to adapt to the pressure that comes with playing for Real Madrid. The Spanish club are one of the largest sporting institutions in the world and to don the white jersey can be daunting even for the best.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, Real Madrid target Benjamin Sesko has understood this subtle detail. The striker is overwhelmed by Los Blancos‘ interest in him but feels he is not ready for the step up.
Instead, the RB Salzburg player prefers to take an intermediate step in his career before moving to the Madrid-based club. He is working with his agents to engineer such a move, and his decision will be known in a few days.
Several clubs across Europe have been actively scouting Sesko over the past year including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid from Spain. At the moment, Manchester United and Chelsea are said to be in the driver’s seat to sign him.
From Real Madrid’s point of view too, it would make sense to wait for the player to blossom completely. One cannot help but think of Luka Jovic who also struggled at the club after making a premature move to Spain.
Last season, Sesko made 24 league appearances for RB Salzburg scoring five goals and providing an assist. This season, he already has a goal and an assist in two games for the club.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.