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Ancelotti aware that his decisions against Barcelona, Chelsea will impact his future

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Real Madrid play three high-intensity clashes over the next couple of weeks.All games are must-win encounters and finals in their own right.

The first of the three games will be played later tonight against Barcelona in the semifinal of the Copa del Rey. The victor will take on Osasuna as the clear favourite for the trophy and there is thus no shortage of significance for the Clasico semifinal.

Next week, Los Blancos play host to Chelsea in the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League before playing the reverse fixture a week later. Needless to say, there is a lot riding on the upcoming fixtures.

According to reports from Sergio Santos (h/t RM4Arab), Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is aware that the decisions he takes against Barcelona and Chelsea will be decisive for his future at the club.

More importantly, the future of many Real Madrid players too depends on the outcome of these games.

Los Blancos’ management could be looking at an overhaul in the summer in terms of both management and personnel. With multiple stars’ contracts running out in the summer, decisions over their continuity will be taken in the weeks to come and the concurrent results will play a role.

Ancelotti too, in theory, can hold onto his job if he wins a trophy this season. Whether he would want to continue amidst the links with other names, however, is a question for another day.

The Italian tactician must look to change up things when his side takes on Xavi’s Barcelona later today.

In seven clashes against the Spanish tactician as a manager (including a pre-season friendly), Ancelotti has won only twice and lost five times. There is an urgent need to turn around the tide, and it is safe to say that the Real Madrid manager will have the spotlight on him tonight.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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