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Ancelotti to give chances to players who did not start vs Barcelona in Juventus clash

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The pre-season gives managers the freedom to experiment with little on the line. The glorified friendly fixtures help them get an idea of the talent at their disposal and the various combinations they can hope to use during the season.

Carlo Ancelotti has done complete justice so far on that front. The Italian tactician has used different systems across the team’s three games so far and utilised even several fringe players in his dynamics.

According to reports from AS, the trend will continue in tonight’s game against Juventus. The manager hopes to use those players who had little to no minutes in El Clasico in the starting lineup against the Old Lady.

Possible lineup

One can expect Thibaut Courtois to hold onto his starting spot, given that he missed the team’s first two pre-season games through injury.

David Alaba and Eder Militao will likely be replaced by Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez in central defence. Lucas Vazquez is well-placed to start at right-back, while Ferland Mendy’s injury assures Fran Garcia of a place at left-back.

Rudiger set to start? (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

One can expect Toni Kroos to anchor the team as the pivot on the night with Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga deployed ahead of him. While Bellingham’s performances demand another start, Nico Paz would be an interesting choice for Ancelotti in the attacking midfield role.

Vinicius Jr and Joselu could claim the final spots on the roster. The former is Ancelotti’s go-to man in the final third, and it is difficult to see the team play without him on the field.

Joselu, meanwhile, will be critical in depositing the chances created on the night into the back of the net. Real Madrid struggled with the finishing touch against Barcelona, and the Spaniard is Ancelotti’s best bet to turn things around.

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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