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Ancelotti believes Real Madrid need reinforcements in every position except goalkeeper

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Real Madrid might not have made any significant move in the transfer market so far. But they are bracing themselves for a busy summer ahead, with a myriad of current stars having their contracts expire at the end of the season.

Although a few of them, including Karim Benzema and Luka Modric, are expected to pen new deals at Santiago Bernabeu, the club are in dire need of reinforcements all across the board.

According to The Athletic, Carlo Ancelotti believes Real Madrid need reinforcements in every position on the field except the goalkeeper department, which is currently led by none other than Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian international has been a consistent performer for Real Madrid over the past couple of years, with many even considering him the best goalkeeper in the world. Los Blancos also have an excellent alternative in the form of Andriy Lunin.

Although the Ukrainian international is likely to discuss his future at Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, the goalkeeper is more than likely to prolong his stay at the club.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid are in dire need of reinforcements in the other areas of the pitch. Coach Ancelotti has reportedly spoken to the Real Madrid camp recently over the need to sign a new forward and a new fullback recently.

Although his request was turned down by the board, there is no doubt that Real Madrid need reinforcements in the full-back positions, in particular. The club do not have a reliable left-back, amid worries over Ferland Mendy’s form and future, whereas Dani Carvajal’s fitness problems are a concern.

The ageing midfield is also a worry for Los Blancos. Both Kroos and Modric’s performances, even at the twilight of their respective careers, are highly valued at the Real Madrid camp. But there remains a need for young, exuberant midfielders that can also serve as leaders for the future.

The Spanish giants are eyeing a move for Borussia Dortmund superstar Jude Bellingham this summer, but luring the Englishman will be a major challenge.

Even the Real Madrid attack is not without its flaws. While Benzema has regained his scoring form after returning from injury, the club require a reliable long-term replacement for the ageing Frenchman, who has had numerous issues with his fitness recently.

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  1. Pat Grey

    January 18, 2023 at 5:15 am

    Well, I thought it was the same coach Ancelotti who has been babbling about not interested in any new signings, saying he’s satisfied with the make up of his present team???? Is he just realizing that reinforcements are needed in every position, except that of Courtois? I think he himself needs to be reinforced if not replaced.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona

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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Starters

Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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