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Official: Real Madrid squad list against Real Valladolid
Real Madrid are back in action tomorrow night and will take on Elche in the hopes of continuing their La Liga defence. Things have fared decently well for them up until now as they sit in second place, two points adrift of Barcelona.
Los Blancos have released their travelling list for the game, including 23 players. Carlo Ancelotti has the services of all but one of his players for this game, including Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga.
Mariano Diaz is the only one injured, and will not be with the team for this outing.
Karim Benzema picked up an injury ahead of the World Cup and was discharged from the French national team, which created a ton of controversy. The Ballon d’Or winner is back in time for the return of club football, though.
A win would take Madrid on top of La Liga, at least temporarily, until Barcelona kick off against Espanyol more than 12 hours later.
📋🔙✅ Our squad for #RealValladolidRealMadrid! pic.twitter.com/sDnOgiGpY8— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 29, 2022
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Real Madrid still consider Ancelotti as the ideal coach to lead the team – report
According to Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA, Real Madrid still consider Carlo Ancelotti as the ideal man to coach the team next season amid all sorts of speculations surrounding his future.
Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid for a second stint as manager in 2021, replacing Zinedine Zidane. The Italian mastermind led Los Blancos to the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League triumph in his very first season back at the club.
However, things have not gone according to plans for Ancelotti & co. this season. Real Madrid are 12 points below Barcelona in La Liga, are also behind them in the Copa del Rey semi-final tie and face a difficult route to the finals of the UEFA Champions League.
So even though he has won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup this season, reports have claimed that Ancelotti could be sacked by Real Madrid if he does not lead the team to a major title.
In the meantime, the Brazil national team have made their interest in hiring Ancelotti as their next manager clear, which has only served to fuel speculations further.
Amidst this, the report states that Real Madrid continue to see Ancelotti as the ideal man to coach the team for the next season. The Italian, for his part, has always maintained that he does not wish to leave the Santiago Bernabeu before his contract expires in 2024.
“I want to continue at Real Madrid. I’m happy. I’ve already said many times that I would continue my whole life at Real Madrid,” he had said in the recent past.
At this point, neither Ancelotti has made any commitments to the Brazilian national team, nor Real Madrid have made a decision on his continuity. The Merengues have not approached any replacement candidates either despite links to Mauricio Pochettino, Raul Gonzalez and Julian Nagelsmann.
Furthermore, it is also claimed that Ancelotti continues to participate and have a say in all meetings with regard to planning for the future at Real Madrid.
However, while the club may remain committed to him at this point, there is no guarantee that the situation will change in the summer, especially if the objectives for the season are not met and Real feel the need to make some changes to their project.