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Carlo Ancelotti believes Real Madrid will sack him in the summer



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Carlo Ancelotti stood on the sideline with a pensive look as Real Madrid struggled to find the back of the net against Real Betis. It was a frustrating game for the Italian manager, as his side could not convert their chances into goals. The 0-0 draw did little to ease the growing pressure on Ancelotti, who has been under fire in recent weeks.

Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid has been the subject of much speculation lately, with the Italian tactician feeling that the club have already made their minds up about him before the season even started, reports ABC (h/t Madrix Xtra).

This belief was cemented when the Real Madrid board did not support him on the transfer market during the summer transfer window.

Even though the Italian demanded the signing of a few players, including a striker, Real Madrid did not heed his demands. The manager was shocked to see the club’s reluctance in investing in new players. The club believed no new signing was needed.

This enforced beliefs into Ancelotti’s head that Real Madrid’s faith in him had been waning. In many ways, it was reminiscent of his first stint at Real Madrid, where he faced similar doubts and questions about his future.

The doubts over Ancelotti’s future were further exacerbated by the recent links to the Brazilian national team. The team’s underperformance in domestic competitions is another factor, with the Whites notably losing to Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semifinal recently.

However, the Italian has proven time and time again that he is a real winner and is more than capable of turning things around. Especially in Copa Del Rey, the Merengue have what it takes to overturn a one-goal deficit against Barça.

Real Madrid are in a good position in the Champions League, having taken a 5-2 lead over Liverpool going into the second-leg tie in the Round of 16.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Elche



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The Santiago Bernabeu is ready for the first time in a fortnight as Real Madrid are set to host relegation-threatened Real Valladolid for gameweek 27 of La Liga. The gap between them and Barcelona was increased to 15 yesternight, and los blancos will be looking to cut it down to 12 to scarce the tiniest bit of hope of defending their league crown.

Carlo Ancelotti has opted to use a highly attacking starting lineup for the clash, with Karim Benzema spearheading the front-three. He is flanked by Marco Asensio on the right while Vinicius Jr retains his place on the left.

Rodrygo also gets the nod to start, probably as an attacking midfielder in what looks like a 4-2-3-1.

Aurelien Tchouameni has been given the nod in midfield, with Toni Kroos forming the double pivot alongside him.

With Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy, and Nacho out injured, Eduardo Camavinga gets the license to start as the left-back, while Lucas Vazquez flanks the defence from the right. The usual suspects — Eder Militao and David Alaba — start in central defence.

Thibaut Courtois was a doubt heading into this game, but has been given the medical greenlight to take his place as the goalkeeper.

Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Kroos; Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius; Benzema

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