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Ancelotti to change Real Madrid’s formation next season to accommodate Bellingham



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Carlo Ancelotti has continued Real Madrid’s traditional 4-3-3 formation after returning to the helm a few years ago.

With Karim Benzema leading the frontline, alongside two wide forwards, the formula has worked quite well for Los Blancos, who notably bagged Copa Del Rey, UEFA Champions League and La Liga titles in the past two years.

However, with Benzema leaving the club and Real Madrid bringing in Jude Bellingham, there might be a shift in Real Madrid’s tactical formation.

This has been reported by AS, which suggests Carlo Ancelotti might shift to a 4-3-1-2 formation next season in order to accommodate Bellingham into the team.

The English international, who was brought in from Borussia Dortmund for a substantial fee, is likely to operate in the number ten role, just behind the two forwards. Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo are likely to fill up the attacking positions, following the departure of Benzema.

But should Real Madrid succeed in the pursuit of Kylian Mbappe this summer, there is a chance the Frenchman could accompany Vinicius up front.

In midfield, Ancelotti is likely to continue with two veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Their experience and leadership have been invaluable to Real Madrid over the past decade. The club would hope to squeeze the best out of them in their final year at the Bernabeu.

The likes of Dani Ceballos and Federico Valverde will also compete for those two spots.

Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga should compete for defensive midfield position in the 4-3-1-2. It will not come as a surprise to see Ancelotti reducing Modric and Kroos’ game-time, in favour of the younger individuals, as the club slowly prepare for a transition.

Not much of a change is expected in defence, though Real Madrid most certainly require reinforcements, particularly in the full-back areas.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report




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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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