Reports recently had claimed Real Madrid have renewed their faith in Carlo Ancelotti following the club’s splendid performance in the Copa Del Rey semifinal against Barcelona, coupled with their victory over Chelsea in the Champions League quarterfinals.
However, despite these speculations, Mario Cortegana and Guillermo Rai claim Carlo Ancelotti’s future at the club is far from secure.
The two Athletic reporters suggest the Italian manager and his team do not know whether they would remain at Santiago Bernabeu in the summer. Privately, the coach has been left annoyed with the criticism that has been leaked to the media.
The criticisms were about his management overall, including his team selection and tactical choices. The veteran manager had faced a similar scenario during his first term at the Bernabeu.
Florentino Perez, for his part, does not have much patience with players that struggle to deliver his favourite trophies – the Champions League and La Liga. Real Madrid are already on the verge of missing out on the league title, so it will be imperative for Ancelotti to help his team deliver the UCL.
Real Madrid are slated to face Manchester City in the semifinals, which could prove to be a challenging affair for the Spanish giants. Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has already favoured Man City in the tie due to their strong defence.
Meanwhile, Florentino Perez also does not like managers that get too close to the players. He prefers a strongman who can have control of the dressing room. That is why Real Madrid ended up hiring managers such as Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane twice over the past decade.
While Ancelotti does have a good outlook in the dressing room, the Italian coach must deliver come the end of the season, if he is to retain his place as the Real Madrid manager next season.
It promises to be an important phase ahead, not just only for Ancelotti but Real Madrid in general.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
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.
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.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
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.
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.