Rotation is as big a part of a manager’s duty as is the tactical aspect of the game. An unhappy dressing room can seldom achieve greatness, even with the best ideologies.
So far, Carlo Ancelotti has been very conservative with his rotations. While the manager has indeed opened the doors for players like Eduardo Camavinga, he has kept a section of the dressing room completely out of the limelight.
According to reports from MARCA, that will no longer be the case. There is said to be a dramatic change in the mentality of players heading into the new season that will force the coach to alter his ways.
The Spanish publication report that the club captains are convinced that the best way to achieve goals is to unite the team. To ensure this, the role of substitutes will be no less than that of the starting XI.
With youngsters like Aurelien Tchouameni, Rodrygo Goes, and Eduardo Camavinga knocking on the door, veteran players will certainly see reduced playing time this season.
There is pressure on Ancelotti to ensure more rotations this season, but his word will be the final call for all decisions.
Of the veterans in the team, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, and Daniel Carvajal are the ones whose positions are under direct threat. Karim Benzema will continue to be a default starter unless the club sign a promising talent in the coming days.
Nevertheless, this comes as encouraging news for the likes of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Federico Valverde, who have not established themselves as regular starters under Ancelotti. A fresh start will give them a chance to show the manager their abilities.
Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.