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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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Three talking points ahead of Real Madrid vs Valencia

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For all the institutional and sporting catastrophes Valencia suffer from, they put up a resilient show against Real Madrid last month and held them to a draw in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup.

Having fired Gennaro Gattuso less than 48 hours ago, Los Che will be under the command of an interim coach at Santiago Bernabeu in the hope of repeating their feat from Saudi Arabia.

After all, they are struggling this season with just 20 points in 18 league appearances.

Valencia may not be the top team it used to be a couple of seasons ago, but there is a fighting spirit to the squad that makes them special.

As Real Madrid looks to make amends for their dropped points against La Real, some important considerations cross the manager’s mind regarding the clash against Los Che.

Madrid Universal brings you three talking points ahead of Real Madrid vs Valencia.

1. More names at Ancelotti’s disposal

Real Madrid’s long injury list has been a thorn in Carlo Ancelotti’s feet for a long time now. While the manager has had close to five players unavailable through fitness concerns, two names were considered irreplaceable.

Daniel Carvajal is the first on that list. The Spanish International’s presence gave the club hope after Lucas Vazquez’s injury last month, but almost as if planned, the 30-year-old immediately suffered a blow in training and was forced to sit out.

For four games, Ancelotti was thus forced to field Nacho Fernandez as his right-back. The centre-back did a good job at covering out of position, however, will be pushed back to the bench on Thursday as Los Blancos celebrate the return of Carvajal.

The defender is not the only one making his way back, as Aurelien Tchouameni also received the medical all-clear earlier this week.

The French pivot hobbled off an hour into Real Madrid’s league clash against Villarreal in the first week of January and has been sidelined for close to a month.

His absence pushed his coach to try numerous permutations in midfield, but it was finally Eduardo Camavinga who stamped his authority on the position.

With Tchouameni back roaring, his place in the starting lineup seems to be written in stone. One can expect the Frenchman to be deployed alongside Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos for his return to action on Thursday.

2. Concern shifts from right to left-back

The Merengues will finally have a natural right-back available to play against Valencia midweek. However, that does not signal the end of the Italian tactician’s trouble-riddles period.

Just when one full-back position returned to a state of normalcy, Real Madrid now have a crisis at left-back.

Ferland Mendy picked up a thigh injury earlier this week and will miss the team’s next two months of action at least. To say that this is a big blow to the club’s plans would be an understatement, for Mendy was the only natural left-back available in the squad.

David Alaba would appear to be the best-placed alternative, but the Austrian is ruled out through injury himself. Placed at a lack of options, Ancelotti confirmed in his press conference earlier today that Eduardo Camavinga would play there against Valencia.

The youngster has played in the defensive position earlier but will face the heat going up against Jose Luis Gaya at Santiago Bernabeu.

Given that Valencia’s right flank put up a memorable display when the two teams met last month, one can be certain that Camavinga’s performance can make or break Real Madrid’s night.

3. No margin for error

Less than halfway through the league season, Los Blancos already find themselves five points behind Barcelona. The wide gap is not a consequence of the defending champions’ poor form but the sheer consistency of Xavi Hernandez’s men, who cannot stop winning.

Having won the Supercopa de Espana last month, the Catalans are currently riding high on confidence. With their season heading from strength to strength, Real Madrid must hold on and wait for the right opportunity to topple the tables.

The Galacticos‘ draw against Real Sociedad added two points to the gap between the top two sides last week. At this stage, Ancelotti’s men cannot afford any further slip-ups for a larger gap would be too much for the men in white to compensate.

Every game henceforth will be a final for Real Madrid in La Liga. Three points are the bare minimum the club can walk away with from any fixture, and that mission will start from their game against Valencia.

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