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Carlo Ancelotti set to use young forward as ‘game-changer’ for Man City vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti decided to give his attacking trio a much-needed rest ahead of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg clash. As a result, Federico Valverde, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard were named in the starting XI during the 1-0 win over Getafe.

Madrid were explosive against City in the first leg but it is understood that Ancelotti wanted more from his players. In that regard, Miguel Angel Lara writes for MARCA that the Italian believes his team lacked an ultimate game-changer during the outing.

This means come the second leg, the manager might as well shake his attacking unit, as a result of which, a certain Rodrygo could be sacrificed.

The idea here is to solidify the defense, and if recent reports are to be believed, the manager will deploy a 4-4-2 counter-attacking approach against the Cityzens. With a narrow four-man midfield, the Italian wants to stop City’s passing passage.

If that is the case, Rodrygo will be dropped to the bench, and the midfield will consist of the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Federico Valverde.

On the other hand, Eduardo Camavinga could also come in place of Tchouameni. Eventually, Vinicius Jr will partner up with Karim Benzema upfront.

Now, Camavinga was exceptional against Man City in the first leg and while everyone would ideally want him to play as a left-back once again, the fact remains that David Alaba, a natural left-back, is available for selection.

If Alaba comes in, Eder Militao might feature alongside Antonio Rudiger in the center of the defense, as the former Chelsea man was simply exceptional against Erling Haaland in the first leg.

As for Rodrygo, his exclusion from the starting XI will be a part of Ancelotti’s tactical prowess.

The Italian understands that playing against City at their turf will be tricky, and considering their style of play, the team will want to close the narrow channels in order to disrupt the passage of their play. In that sense, Valverde would be a perfect fit.

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  1. Mandla

    May 16, 2023 at 10:15 am

    That’s excellent planning and good technical switch. Halala Madrid halala.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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