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Mauricio Pochettino always wanted Real Madrid job, but likely to join Chelsea – report

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Even as recently as a month ago, Carlo Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid appeared uncertain. In fact, the Italian tactician appeared closer to leaving Santiago Bernabeu and was under a mountain of pressure.

The administration thus began a large-scale hunt for his successor. Of the numerous candidates on the table, Mauricio Pochettino appeared the best placed to take over in the summer.

After all, Real Madrid were languishing amidst poor results in La Liga, had crashed to a first-leg defeat in the Copa del Rey semifinal, and seemed lost for hope domestically.

Recent weeks, however, have seen a dramatic turnaround in the situation. Ancelotti has led his men to a great run of form across all fronts. His side now stands in the final of the Copa de Rey and the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid was always Pochettino’s priority. However, the Argentine is being targeted by several others of the European elite and knows the situation at the Spanish capital. Thus, he could be on his way to take over at Chelsea instead.

The source adds that everything indicates towards Carlo Ancelotti staying with Los Blancos next season. It has always been his intention to see out his contract and there are few doubts over his capabilities as the coach.

“The wind carries the chatter on. And that’s how it is, I have a contract until 30 June 2024 and I would like to fulfil it,” Ancelotti said in a recent interview, confirming his intentions.

The upcoming results will, thus, no longer play a part in deciding the managerial post for next season. After all, Real Madrid are now well-placed to win both the Spanish Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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