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Ancelotti unhappy with one aspect of Real Madrid’s displays despite perfect start to season

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Real Madrid have enjoyed a stunning start to the 2022/23 campaign. The reigning La Liga champions are the only team to have won all four of their league games this term and are one of two clubs, along with Arsenal, to maintain a 100% record in the top-five European leagues.

Take in their UEFA Super Cup triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of the season and Real Madrid have won five in five across all competitions.

New signing Aurelien Tchouameni has been putting in some stellar displays, Vinicius Junior has carried on from where he left off last season and star striker Karim Benzema has been among the goals – there are a lot of positives to take for Los Blancos.

However, as reported by Bernabeu Digital, Carlo Ancelotti has been left unimpressed by one aspect of his Real Madrid side’s performances this season and wants them to address it at the earliest possible.

The Italian tactician is reportedly unhappy with how Los Merengues have fared defensively this season. In four matches in La Liga, Real Madrid have failed to secure a single clean sheet, conceding one goal each in all of their matches thus far.

Thibaut Courtois has been in good form, but there have been some defensive lapses from the team, like the one new signing Antonio Rudiger made on his La Liga debut against UD Almeria on the opening day of the season. And Ancelotti wants to resolve this at the earliest.

Los Blancos boasted one of the best defensive records in Europe last season and their failure to secure a single shut-out so far, is bound to be a concern, especially when considering that their arch-rivals Barcelona have kept three clean sheets in four games.

Real Madrid will face Celtic in the UEFA Champions League at Parkhead on Tuesday night. Kyogo Furuhashi has been in stunning form for the Scottish champions but is a doubt for the game, which might come as a respite for the Merengues’ defence.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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