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Ancelotti has one major doubt for Real Madrid starting lineup vs Bayern Munich

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With the Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich just around the corner, Carlo Ancelotti is fully focused on guiding his team to yet another UCL final.

The Italian is likely to have most of his star players available for this crucial encounter. But with a bigger squad, also comes bigger decisions.

To that end, Ancelotti is facing one major selection dilemma heading into the Bayern Munich game.

Will Tchoumeni and Camavinga both play vs Bayern?

Ancelotti’s sole dilemma revolves around the positioning of French youngster Aurelien Tchouameni, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The versatile midfielder has impressed in both central defence and defensive midfield roles this season. He has established himself as a trusted defensive option for Ancelotti.

As per the report, Ancelotti seems drawn to utilizing Tchouameni’s defensive solidity at the heart of the backline, alongside Eder Militao.

Ancelotti is unsure whether he should start both Camavinga and Tchouameni (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This would free up a midfield slot for the dynamic Eduardo Camavinga, who could partner with the ever-reliable Toni Kroos.

However, Ancelotti hasn’t ruled out deploying Tchouameni in his more familiar midfield role, with Nacho Fernandez operating in central defensive alongside Militao.

Tchouameni starting in midfield, though, could create complications for Camavinga, who might have to settle for a place on the bench.

Nevertheless, Ancelotti is likely to go for the former option, with Tchouameni partnering Militao in central defence. His athleticism, after all, could be pivotal in keeping the likes of Jamal Musiala and Harry Kane quiet in the defensive third.

Barring this Tchouameni-Camavinga conundrum, the rest of the team appears settled, with the likes of Vinícius Jr., Rodrygo, and Fede Valverde expected to continue their attacking exploits while Andriy Lunin should start in goal ahead of Thibaut Courtois.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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