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Four candidates to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid in 2024 – report

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Real Madrid have enjoyed a relatively good start to the season, despite the summer departure of star striker Karim Benzema.

However, the pressure has been immense on Carlo Ancelotti and everything suggests there could be an overhaul in the coming summer.

With Ancelotti’s contract expiring at the end of the season, there is likely to be an appointment of a new coach, who is likely to build from scratch and create a solid foundation.

A recent from AS has offered a comprehensive update on Real Madrid’s managerial position, suggesting that the club have already identified a series of options in the market.

Here, at Madrid Universal, we will take a brief look at the profile of each candidate and how they are viewed from the board’s perspective.

Alvaro Arbeloa

Alvaro Arbeloa looks to be a standout option for Real Madrid, as far as replacing Carlo Ancelotti is concerned.

The former right-back is currently coaching Real Madrid’s Juvenil A team and has enjoyed immense success. But what makes him an appealing option for Los Blancos, is his connection with the locals and the club’s hierarchy.

As someone with almost 250 competitive appearances for Real Madrid, many believe Arbeloa could be tailor-made for the club.

Arbeloa notably led Juvenil A side to a treble last season without losing a game and has developed new-age players such as Manuel Angel and Nico Paz.

A smart in-house option? (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

However, the Spaniard does not have experience at the highest level, which has reportedly prompted Real Madrid bosses to consider him as an assistant manager for Raul Gonzalez.

Raul Gonzalez

This brings us to the next candidate on the table – Raul Gonzalez, another Real Madrid legend, who has enjoyed a brilliant start to his coaching career.

Currently in charge of RM Castilla, the former Schalke striker is the brains behind the ascension of young players such as Sergio Arribas, Rafa Marin, and Fran Garcia, who recently made his debut with the Spanish national team.

Much like Arbeloa, Raul does not have top-flight coaching experience. But due to his success, he has been eyed by several European clubs, including teams from the Bundesliga.

Waiting for the right opportunity? (CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

Xabi Alonso

While both Arbeloa and Raul serve as excellent in-house options for Real Madrid, it is Xabi Alonso who might be leading the race to become the coach next season.

Currently coaching Bayer Leverkusen, Alonso enjoyed stellar success during his first season in the Bundesliga. Even in the new season, Alonso’s team has racked up six wins in seven matches and is leading the Bundesliga table.

Unlike Arbeloa or Raul, Xabi Alonso has a track record of proving himself at the highest level and this is viewed in a positive light by the Real Madrid hierarchy.

Not to mention, acquiring Alonso’s services could be relatively easy for Los Blancos, as the Spaniard reportedly has a clause with Leverkusen that would allow him to join his former clubs Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Liverpool.

Zinedine Zidane

Although this is more of a wild card option for Real Madrid, the club still refuse to entirely rule out the prospect of Zinedine Zidane’s third return to the club.

After all, the Frenchman remains the club’s most successful coach in more than a decade, with three Champions League titles.

Although ZIdane’s return is still a far-reaching possibility, the Frenchman is still an option, in case the club go for an experienced head, who can manage egos within the dressing room.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona

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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Starters

Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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