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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta brushes off Real Madrid rumours: “Fully focused”

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Despite winning it all since his return to Real Madrid for a second managerial spell, Carlo Ancelotti is on the edge. The Italian tactician has come under severe pressure following his team’s poor run of form over the past month and reports say he could face the axe.

Mikel Arteta is one of the prime candidates to replace the departing coach in the Spanish capital, for his ideas and methods are highly valued at Real Madrid offices.

The Spanish manager has done a phenomenal job with the Gunners over his tenure at the club. His team sit atop the Premier League with 63 points in 26 games, five points clear of second-placed Manchester City. Needless to say, the London-based side are best placed to win the English League.

Under his leadership, Arsenal have won 99 of their 165 matches across all competitions and average close to two points per game. They also happen to be the favourites to win the Europa League this season and hence a special double.

His fearless attacking brand of football appeals to those in charge of Real Madrid’s administration.

With the links doing the rounds, the Arsenal manager was asked about a move future at Real Madrid. As revealed by Simon Collings, he said: “I am fully focused on what I am doing here.”

Arteta is not the only name under consideration at Real Madrid. Raul Gonzalez, who has done a fabulous job at the Castilla so far, is unsurprisingly a well-placed candidate to take over from Ancelotti. Moreover, reports say that Mauricio Pochettino also has a strong chance.

Ancelotti thus does not have much margin for error for the stars seem to have his departure written on them. The path to saving his job is tedious, but two El Clasico wins and a hammering of Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu would be a good place to start.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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