With the new season starting in less than a month left for the new season, Carlo Ancelotti has a big task on his hands. The manager must find a role in the team for both new arrivals and some players who were not a big part of his dynamics last season.
However, the question arises, what could one possibly change in a La Liga and UEFA Champions League winning side to make them better?
According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Ancelotti has begun testing new combinations to make the team more efficient. Yesterday, the team had a training match where the squad were divided into two lineups.
The most striking takeaway from the lineup was Eden Hazard playing as a false 9. The former Chelsea star played slightly behind Rodrygo Goes and Marco Asensio and anchored the play from the spaces behind.
Further, the coach gave Aurelien Tchouameni a start alongside Luka Modric and Toni Kroos to see how the youngster would fare in Casemiro’s place. In further news, David Alaba played as a centre-back while Odriozola started as a left-back. Here are the teams from the training match:
Team 1: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Odriozola; Ceballos, Casemiro, Camavinga; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
Team 2: Lunin; Lucas, Nacho, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Asensio, Hazard, Rodrygo
At the end of last season, Hazard made a promise to Los Blancos fans that he would do everything in his capacity to return to his best form next season. The Belgian has looked fit and motivated so far and will look for a redemption season ahead.
Meanwhile, Tchouameni is the club’s latest blockbuster signing and is expected to take over the reins in defensive midfield from Casemiro for years to come.
The world will get its first glimpse of Ancelotti’s side this season when they take on Barcelona on Saturday. Needless to say, the Champions of Europe will be out seeking revenge for their humiliation last season, even if it is just a friendly.
Real Madrid, Barcelona interested in €30 million-rated Serie A midfielder – report
Replacing Luka Modric is a task Real Madrid’s administration better not attempt. After all, finding a like-for-like replacement for a world-class player who defined an era is close to impossible.
The Croat himself, however, has always held high regard for his compatriot Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter Milan player possesses a profile that highly interests Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti.
Brozovic has been on the transfer lists of several European clubs in the current transfer window. Of them, Barcelona have been mentioned as a strong candidate.
Though Nerazzurri were initially reluctant to let the midfielder go, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter Milan are now prepared to take that step at the end of the season.
The Italian management understands that the manager has modes to cope without Brozovic and that the time is right to move on with economic compensation.
One of the biggest names in the race to sign him, according to the source, is Real Madrid. Given that he has a contract until 2026 in Italy, the European Champions will have to shell out at least €30 million for his services, a figure that Inter feel he should be valued at.
The Merengues are not alone in the race for Brozovic. Barcelona are back in the equation as they see him as an ideal replacement for their captain Sergio Busquets.
The third European giants interested in the 30-year-old Croatian international are Chelsea. Juventus also wanted to try their luck too but were forced to back out after their recent sanctions.
It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can afford the €30 million tag in the summer given their interest in Jude Bellingham. Close to €150 million of their budget will be frozen on the Englishman, and spending more on another midfielder may not be warranted.