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Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to sign Serie A forward in January amid Benzema’s fitness woes

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti understands that in order to compete for titles this season, his team needs another No. 9, as Karim Benzema has had his limitations due to injuries.

So to overcome the issue, SPORT has reported that Ancelotti has convinced Florentino Perez to rope in a new striker in January and for that, Milan’s Rafael Leao is thought to be topping the list.

Ancelotti thinks the team is going through a rough patch in terms of having a striker. Now, the likes of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo haven’t put a foot wrong, but the manager cannot rely on them to lead the line as they get the best out of themselves from wide areas.

The management is aware of the idea that it will be difficult for them to compete with Barcelona for the league without a firm investment. And to head into the second half of the competition with only one striker also puts the defence of their Champions League crown in jeopardy.

Now, the dependency on Karim Benzema is not a secret and Madrid need to get out of the situation quickly, mostly because the French forward is already 34 and has missed several matches through injuries already.

SPORT says the team from Madrid have marked several players who they will be watching at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. One of them is Rafael Leao who is having another brilliant season at Milan.

The 23-year-old Portugal forward has scored seven goals followed by nine assists across all competitions and has combined extremely well with Olivier Giroud this season. The idea to shortlist Leao comes from the fact that his contract with Milan ends in 2024 and so far the player has not signed a reneal

Meanwhile, another player the management will keep an eye on is Inter forward Lautaro Martinez. 

It is understood that Madrid wants to invest some capital but do not intend to spend a fortune. For now, their scouts will do extensive research at the World Cup to see if they can unearth an unexpected surprise.

2 Comments

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  1. Mareas Munsaka

    November 20, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Christopher Nkuku is the best to replace Benzema but the club should bye Endrick from Palmieras for future. Endrick can serve the club for a decade and a half.

  2. Jon Grey

    November 21, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Ancelotti and Florentino have been urged repeatedly to get replacements for their ageing players, including Benzema, but old coach Ancelotti has always declared that he does not need any new recruitment. They have been more reactive than productive. And because of that Real Madrid’s chances in both La Liga and the Championship competitions this year are becoming slimmer. Poor judgement on their part.

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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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