After winning each of their six matches across all competitions in the 2022/23 season, Real Madrid will look to extend the streak when they face RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga this weekend.
Los Blancos are currently at the top of the La Liga standings with four victories in four and will hope to continue their perfect start to the campaign when Javier Aguirre’s side come visiting on Sunday afternoon.
And, according to Melchor Ruiz of COPE, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is planning to make several changes to the starting lineup for the Mallorca game.
The Italian tactician had appeared reluctant to rotate players during the last season. But he has iterated that he will change and rest his players regularly this time around due to the cramped schedule owing to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
And, on Sunday, the manager is said to be planning at least four or five changes to the team that started in the midweek UEFA Champions League clash against Celtic on Tuesday night.
Two of the changes that Ancelotti will be making will be enforced as Karim Benzema and Eder Militao have been ruled out of the Mallorca clash due to injuries. Replacing the duo in the lineup would be Eden Hazard and Antonio Rudiger, respectively.
Apart from Hazard and Rudiger, the report insists that Ancelotti will likely hand starting spots to some or all of Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo Goes, Lucas Vazquez and Dani Ceballos.
Rodrygo is very much deserving of a spot in the lineup after some of his recent performances from the bench. Introducing Camavinga and Ceballos would allow Ancelotti to rest his senior midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Given Dani Carvajal’s recent fitness woes, it would be sensible to give him a reprieve and start Vazquez as well.
It will be interesting to see if Ancelotti makes all these aforementioned speculated changes and, if so, how it affects Real Madrid’s performance against Mallorca.
Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager
The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.
It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.
Turkey manager speaks out
Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.
As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.
“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.
Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.
“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”
Exit on the cards?
Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.
The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.
But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.
Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.