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Ancelotti experiments with a midfield diamond featuring new signings in training – report

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Carlo Ancelotti is not holding back ahead of the new season. The Italian tactician is under pressure to find a system that best fits his squad, and it appears that he is leaving no stone unturned in the process.

Reports earlier today brought to the fore that the Italian was experimenting with different forward trios in yesterday’s training session. In fact, he is said to have even deployed the new signing Jude Bellingham as a number nine.

According to reports from Arancha Rodriguez, the manager has been trying combinations in midfield in Friday’s sessions with the 4-4-2 diamond being the primary theme.

The Spanish journalist gives an insider’s view of the exact combination the manager was experimenting with as part of his preseason training.

One of the setups for the day was Aurelien Tchouameni as the lone defensive midfielder with the duo of Nico Paz and Toni Kroos deployed ahead of him.

The Argentine-German duo in central midfield seemingly aims to combine the former’s youth and exuberance with the latter’s experience. Arda Guler completed the midfield department playing as the sole attacking midfielder.

Ancelotti coupled the aforementioned midfield with Joselu and Vinicius Jr as the two forwards. While the role of the Spanish marksman as a finisher in the forward duo is clear, it will be interesting to see how a natural winger like Vini adapts to a more central role.

The manager also tried a similar 4-4-2 diamond setup with Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Luka Modric, and Jude Bellingham with Brahim Diaz and Rodrygo Goes up front.

Camavinga has previously done well as a pivot midfielder and having someone with the energy and stamina of Valverde ahead of him does help matters. And fielding Bellingham in the No. 10 role could be the best way to make use of his goalscoring abilities.

While the result of his experiments is unknown, the two formations give a clear idea of the role Ancelotti has in mind for different players.

As it stands, it is unclear which formation Real Madrid will stick to for the upcoming season. The diamond is a strong contender, but a 4-2-3-1 and the classic 4-3-3 cannot be ruled out.

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  1. Rashad

    July 22, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Maybe they should consider a 3-5-2 formation ! They certainly have three central defenders in Militao Alaba Rodigue and deploy Camavinga and Velverde as wingback with Tchoumeni anchor flanked by Kroos(Bilingham) and Modric(Arda) with Vini and Rodrygo upfront

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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