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Ancelotti could change Real Madrid’s formation next season, considering two options

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There is a glaring imbalance in the Real Madrid squad heading into the 2023-24 campaign. After all, most of their departures in the ongoing transfer window have come from the forward department while reinforcements have been centred around the midfield.

As it stands, Los Blancos have just three options to deploy in the final third. Vinicius and Rodrygo remain the two poster boys of the Merengues‘ attack, while newly signed Joselu can act as a more than able central striker.

Meanwhile, the midfield is overcrowded. Aurelien Tchouameni, Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga, Arda Guler, Luka Modric, Jude Bellingham, Brahim Diaz, and Dani Ceballos all fight for just three starting spots in Carlo Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 setup, placing the manager in a dilemma over how to utilise all his options.

According to Guillermo Rai, the Italian gaffer sees a change in formation to be his best bet. He is considering two possible tweaks to his formation for the upcoming campaign so as to tailor it to the resources available.

The first option in Ancelotti’s mind is to deploy a 4-4-2 system, thereby adding an extra midfielder at the cost of a forward. Vinicius and Rodrygo would occupy the attacking positions in such a formation.

Bellingham, Tchouameni, Camavinga and either Kroos or Modric completing the midfield, while Guler could also be an option for the right-midfield role.

The alternative approach that appeals to Ancelotti is a 4-2-3-1. 

Such a formation would help the manager extract the best out of new signing Guler who functions optimally behind a central striker. While the arrangement of players around him remains unclear, Tchouameni and Kroos would be best placed to play as the double pivot.

The possibility of switching to a 4-3-1-2 setup has also been reported in the media in the recent past.

It is safe to say that the manager has a starkly different squad from the one he had last season. Ancelotti will need a good amount of time to try out permutations and strike gold in terms of team chemistry. Yet, one knows that there will be no going back once the team finds its mojo.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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