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Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp nominated for UEFA Coach of the Year award

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In recognition of the best performances in the Champions League, UEFA gives out several club football awards on an annual basis. The awards cover the best players in each position for both men’s and women’s football with a special award for the best manager too.

Earlier today, the federation revealed the nominees for this year’s best manager title. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the candidates in the running and arguably the favourite to win the award.

Competing against Los Blancos’ manager are Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool and Pep Guardiola of Manchester City.

All three managers successfully drove their teams deep into the UCL last season. However, both the Premier League sides ultimately fell prey to the unstoppable Real Madrid.

It would not be an overstatement to call Ancelotti the favourite to win it this year, especially given the recent history of the award.

The last manager to be awarded the title of ‘the best’ from UEFA was Thomas Tuchel, who won the Champions League title with Chelsea last season. In 2019-20 too, it was UCL-winning Hansi Flick who took home the award.

Last season, Ancelotti not only won the Champions League but also dominated the Spanish League. His team won La Liga with a whopping 13-point lead over second-placed Barcelona, scoring 80 goals and conceding just 31.

The winner will be named during the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony in Istanbul on Thursday, 25 August. Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois will also be in the hall on the night with both stars nominated for the UEFA best men’s player award.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images

Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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