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Ancelotti trying to isolate Real Madrid players from media, believe next four games decisive for title

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Real Madrid’s late win over Almeria in La Liga did not win the team many admirers. Three critical VAR decisions all went their way on the night to deny the lowest-ranked team their first win of the season, and the topic blew up in the media.

Several key figures including Joan Laporta, Xavier Hernandez and Diego Simeone openly condemned the refereeing and suggested an intentional manipulation of results by Real Madrid. The noise at the Spanish capital, thus, is at its peak.

Ancelotti in control

As revealed by MARCA‘s latest report, Carlo Ancelotti prioritises keeping his team away from the news in the media.

The Real Madrid administration and the manager see the four upcoming games to be crucial for the team’s league campaign, thus emphasising the need to stay away from the media.

Las Palmas, Getafe, Atletico Madrid, and Girona are Real Madrid’s next four oppositions in La Liga this season. As calculated by the board, twelve out of a possible twelve points in the aforementioned games will leave Los Blancos in the driver’s seat in the title race.

The dressing room has utilised the Copa del Rey elimination to the maximum and have capitalised on the silver lining. With the players now fully rested and raring for the games to come, the only objective in mind is to wrap up the league and focus on Europe.

The title race

As it stands, Girona are the sole leader in La Liga with 52 points to their name in 21 appearances. Real Madrid sit closely behind on 51 points, albeit with a game in hand.

If Real Madrid win their pending game, they will take over as the sole leaders. Thus, the showdown between Los Blancos and Girona next month will be crucial, for it is the Catalan side’s biggest chance of drawing level with Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

The other teams in the race – Barcelona and Atletico Madrid – are seven and ten points behind respectively and can only have a chance if Real Madrid go on a losing streak.

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  1. Cesar

    January 26, 2024 at 3:27 pm

    The weak link of daddy RM is in the defense, not the goalkeepers! We need hyena types not elegant lions.

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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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