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Ancelotti could face the axe if Real Madrid fail to win any major titles

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It has not been a bright phase for Real Madrid. If their defeat to Barcelona in midweek wasn’t enough, the defending champions were held by Real Betis in the most recent La Liga contest, thus allowing Barcelona to stretch their lead at the top to nine points.

In the aftermath of the victory, The Athletic’s Mario Cortegana has published a comprehensive report regarding Real Madrid’s internal problems, even suggesting that Carlo Ancelotti could be on his way out of Santiago Bernabeu if the club fail to secure any major trophy by the end of the season.

The defeat to Barcelona means the Spanish giants are already facing the risk of bowing out of Copa del Rey. If they are to secure a berth in the final, they must overturn a one-goal deficit against the Blaugrana in the second leg.

The race for the league title, meanwhile, appears to be over, with Barcelona holding a seemingly unassailable nine-point lead at the top.

Real Madrid, though, have been doing well in the UEFA Champions League. Despite a less-than-perfect ending to their group-stage campaign, the Whites secured a formidable 5-2 victory over Liverpool in the first leg of the Round of 16.

Except for an unforeseen miracle, Real Madrid are more than likely to qualify for the quarterfinal stage.

But that does not guarantee the safety of Ancelotti, who has also been a subject of a potential move to the Brazilian national team at the end of the season.

The report also suggests Ancelotti is unhappy with the Real Madrid board for multiple reasons. The Italian was reportedly upset with the club’s hierarchy for pushing him out of the Bernabeu, but it appears his requests for reinforcement last summer was also denied by the board.

Therefore, the coming months could be crucial for Ancelotti, as far as his future in the Spanish capital is concerned.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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