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Ancelotti talks Laporta, Camavinga, Kroos, Bellingham, Todd Bohely ahead of Chelsea vs Madrid

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After winning two games in a row, Real Madrid will travel to London to lock horns against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals second leg.

They are currently leading Frank Lampard’s side 2-0 on aggregate, and will be looking to bury the tie tomorrow.

This is the third time in three seasons the two sides are facing off in the Champions League. Chelsea came out on top in 2020/21 before winning the trophy, while Madrid trumped them last season en route to winning the whole thing.

Ahead of the game against the blues, Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media as part of his pre-game press conference.

On the game: “We are fine and excited. We should play a complete game, we still have 90 minutes left. Anything can happen.“

“If we reach the semi-finals of the UCL this year too we will have done well. Reaching the semi-finals twice in a row is good.”

On the starting XI: “Thinking of a fixed starting XI is disrespectful to those who play lesser. We have many options, my idea of the starting XI changes a lot.”

“Camavinga could play as a LB tomorrow.”

“If I rely on El Clásico’s XI it will affect Nacho & Asensio. There are more than 11 players who deserve to play at the moment.”

“I don’t know if it can affect Nacho, of course it can affect him if he doesn’t play. It affects Ceballos, Nacho, Asensio… To all those who are not going to play.”

On Jude Bellingham: “Bellingham? Unfortunately he’s a BVB player and I don’t like talking about players from other teams.”

On the Brazil NT job: “Brazil? I don’t like speaking about this. I would like to stay at Real Madrid.”

On Toni Kroos: “Kroos? He’s a legend. He would like to retire at Real Madrid.”

On Joan Laporta’s words: “I haven’t seen it, because we were traveling. And it’s an issue that was under investigation, so I don’t think so.”

On Todd Boehly going to Chelsea’s locker room: “I think this can motivate the players. At Chelsea they are not going through a good time and it can inspire the players to play better.”

Source: Real Madrid TV

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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