October could be a make-or-break month in Real Madrid’s season, with the team playing nine games in the 31 days. Simply put, the focus will be on Carlo Ancelotti to manage his resources well and keep all players in top shape.
The month begins with Los Blancos’ clash against Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night. One can expect several rotations on the night, given that the team’s next game is in less than three days’ time.
According to reports from AS, Dani Ceballos will replace Luka Modric in the next two games and is expected to start against both Osasuna and Shakhtar.
The Croatian international returned with a minor injury during the recent break and will be protected with the El Clasico in mind.
In the final third, Rodrygo Goes is expected to start on the right wing. Moreover, Karim Benzema will also make his return from injury against Osasuna but is unlikely to play the full game.
Aurelien Tchouameni and Toni Kroos are expected to complete the midfield alongside Ceballos on the night. The third member in attack alongside Benzema and Rodrygo will undoubtedly be Vinicius Jr.
Real Madrid have not dropped a single point across all competitions this season. If Ancelotti’s men can hold onto their streak in the most tightly-packed month of the season, it will be a massive boost ahead of the upcoming World Cup hiatus.
Osasuna have had an explosive start to their season with four wins in six games. The Pamplona-based side sits fifth in the league standings ahead of Villarreal and Atletico Madrid.
One can expect a cracker of a competition when Real Madrid host them on Sunday. Needless to say, it will be the perfect stage for the likes of Ceballos to prove their abilities and stake claim for more minutes in the future.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.