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 forward’s contract extension is imminent
If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.
Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.
However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.
Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.
So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.
Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.
With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.
Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.
Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.