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Carlo Ancelotti set to change his Real Madrid rotation strategy from last season



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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.

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  1. Germain A.

    August 5, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Wonderful idea! That’s the best message to the youngsters who quite frankly deserve to wear Real Madrid shirts on the pitch. Also, that will encourage them to work harder to prove their abilities and earn the coaches’ trust.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million



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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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