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Manchester United have tabled a contract offer for Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti – report

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According to COPE (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Premier League side Manchester United have set their sights on Carlo Ancelotti and the news is so advanced that it is believed that the Italian already has an offer from the Red Devils for the next season.

Carlo Ancelotti’s future is shrouded in uncertainty as his contract with Real Madrid is set to expire at the end of the season. While the common feeling is for everyone to continue, there are some intricate details that are hampering the plans.

What is Ancelotti’s future?

In all fairness, there is no answer to this question. So far, what has come to light is the fact that this isn’t the first instance of Ancelotti being linked to Manchester United, who are actively seeking a replacement for Erik ten Hag and have identified the Italian as a potential candidate.

Ancelotti’s current contract with Real Madrid ends in June 2024. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Real Madrid are willing to act beyond their usual strategy and offer him a two-year extension. However, there have been no advancements made from either side.

The crucial decision lies in whether the club will extend this offer in the early months of 2024 or opt to wait until March. 

The latter timeline would allow for a clearer assessment of the team’s performance during the current season, determining whether they are poised to contend for titles or facing a different trajectory.

The downside of this, however, could be the fact that the manager might already make his mind to join Brazil and this would give Real Madrid a very confined window to find a new manager.

At this moment, the Italian is prioritizing to continue at Real Madrid, but he has not received any enticing offer that would force him to reject the Brazil job.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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