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Brazil chief reaffirms interest in hiring Carlo Ancelotti: “He’s our favourite”

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Carlo Ancelotti’s future has been a hot topic in the footballing world for a while now, with the Real Madrid coach unsure whether or not he is going to continue at Santiago Bernabeu beyond the summer.

Although recent reports suggest Real Madrid have renewed their faith in Ancelotti, following the club’s strong showing in the Champions League, Los Blancos are also keeping tabs on the managerial market.

In the midst of all this, Ancelotti’s links with the Brazilian national team have dissipated but have not died at all. There is still a possibility the Italian tactician may join the Selecao in the summer, especially if he is sacked by Real Madrid.

To that end, Brazilian FA president Ednaldo Rodrigues has reaffirmed Brazil’s interest in hiring Ancelotti, even branding him as their ‘favourite’ option.

“I am not saying Ancelotti has an offer from us, but we are checking if he wants to come. We have a plan A and I say it for the first time honestly. There is no point in hiding this, he is our favorite,” he said (h/t Diario SPORT).

Rodrigues went on to praise Ancelotti for his experience and man-management while highlighting his reported love for Brazilian players.

“The players who work with him or have worked with him say he is a very open and educated person, very valuable and loves Brazilian players and the football in our country. We have taken this into consideration,” he added.

Ancelotti has indeed enjoyed a great deal of success nurturing Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo in recent years. He also played a big role in the acquisition of Endrick, who is set to join Real Madrid in 2024.

In addition, Ancelotti has experience managing some of the most decorated Brazilian footballers, so there is no wonder why the Selecao have yet to consider defeat in their bid to hire the Italian this summer.

But with Real Madrid still in contention to win a double, Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid certainly cannot be ruled out.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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