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Ancelotti could sacrifice Brazilian forward for an extra midfielder for Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig



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Real Madrid’s history in the UEFA Champions League cements their position as one of the world’s most successful institutions in football history.

The competition has always been the sport’s premium trophy, and it is not surprising why Los Blancos maintain it as their primary focus year after year.

With La Liga all but in the bag, the Merengues are free this season to prepare and focus on the Champions League once more.

Later today, they will take to the field for the second leg of their Round of 16 clash against RB Leipzig, and Ancelotti is planning big changes for the game.

Change of system

According to reports from El Chiringuito, the Italian gaffer is considering a massive change in system on the night which will see the team field just one attacker and five midfielders. The player sacrificed, and thus moved to the bench in the process, is Rodrygo Goes.

As revealed by the Spanish outlet, Ancelotti is planning on deploying a four-man line of midfielders in front of the defence, and an additional midfielder in an advanced position in Jude Bellingham.

Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni will start as the twin pivots on the night, for Nacho will return to central defence and relieve the latter of his duties there.

Rodrygo could be sacrificed tonight by Ancelotti. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

The wide midfielders on the night could be Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos. While the Uruguayan is better placed on the right, Kroos is expected to start on the left side of midfield.

The fifth, and final midfielder on the night, will be Jude Bellingham. The English sensation will join Vinicius Jr in the final third in an attacking role while also helping the team establish midfield supremacy.

The veteran dilemma

The five-midfielder setup is not one many saw coming and could catch RB Leipzig off guard in what is a must-win game for the Germans. Yet, there is one question plaguing Ancelotti’s mind over the midfield personnel.

As revealed earlier today, the Italian gaffer is unsure whether to start Luka Modric or Toni Kroos against Leipzig later today. Both players are ever-reliable, but bring different profiles to the table.

Moreover, with no bonafide attacking star except Vinicius Jr, Modric could just provide the extra edge in the final third that Real Madrid requires.

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition



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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.


The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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