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.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”