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Carlo Ancelotti ready to make major rotations for Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo: Modric in, Kroos out



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Carlo Ancelotti has created a reputation for himself as one of the best managers in world football, ever, and deservedly so. He has proven that all of his teams can go head-to-head against the very best, and come out on top each time.

However, one of the major points of criticisms against him have bee his lack of flexibility when it comes to his starting lineups and rotations.

The Italian manager likes to stick to his best possible starting XI, and is not always open to rotating his kay players, even if means injury risks.

However, with the footballing schedule more hectic than ever, Real Madrid have been picking up serious injuries, with Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and David Alaba tearing their ACL all in one season.

Vinicius Jr, Daniel Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga have also picked up some form of slightly serious injury this season.

Keeping that in mind, Ancelotti is set to make some key rotations against Celta Vigo following their 1-1 draw vs RB Leipzig in the Champions League round of 16 second leg a couple of days ago.

According to Jose Felix Diaz (h/t MadridXtra), Luca Modric, Lucas Vaqzuez, Rodrygo, and Brahim Diaz are all expected to start vs Celta Vigo this weekend.

Meanwhile, the regulars in the team such as Toni Kroos, Daniel Carvajal, and potentially even Eduardo Camavinga could be benched to keep them fresh ahead of the international break.

Real Madrid will presumably line up with Modric, Tchouameni, and Federico Valverde in midfield, while Diaz, Rodrygo, will be part of the attacking trident.

This would mean that Vinicius Jr is also rested. However, he could always play on the left side with Rodryo as a centre-forward and Diaz on the right side of the three.

Bellingham is also only recently coming back from injury, and played a combined 180 minutes against Valencia and Leipzig in back-to-back games.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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