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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Cacereno; Copa del Rey



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Real Madrid were blessed on the weekend as Barcelona dropped points against Espanyol. The Blaugranes were two points clear of Madrid before the game started, but the two teams are now on level terms heading into the Copa del Rey fixtures.

Madrid gear up to face Segunda division side Cacereno for the round of 32, and have made a few changes to their travelling squad ahead of the game.

Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr have been rested for the fixture, with Ancelotti calling up on the services of Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Rodrygo, and 18-year-old Alvaro Rodriguez.

In midfield, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have been dropped to rest them, with Sergio Arribas and Nico Paz receiving senior call-ups in their place. Interestingly enough, though, Aurelien Tchouameni remains on the squad list.

Andriy Lunin is expected to take charge of the goal, with Thibaut Courtois not travelling with the team. Castilla’s Marvel replaced David Alaba in the team.

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Argentine manager in pole position for Real Madrid job if Ancelotti leaves



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According to a report from journalist Jorge C Picon, former Tottenham Hotspur and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is in pole position to become the next manager of Real Madrid, if Carlo Ancelotti leaves at the end of the season.

Ancelotti’s topic has become a topic of much debate and discussion over the past few weeks. The Italian tactician has a contract that runs until next year and has stated that he wishes to see it out.

However, the team’s failure to win any major title this season could end up spelling trouble or the 63-year-old. The La Liga title looks like a lost cause already while Real Madrid are in a disadvantageous position in Copa del Rey as well.

The UEFA Champions League remains Ancelotti’s best bet to win a trophy this season. Should he do so, the Italian could continue at Real Madrid or even possibly sign a new contract extension.

But, failure to land the trophy could end his second stint at the Santiago Bernabeu and Pochettino is said to be the frontrunner for the position in that case.

The Argentine is currently unemployed after being sacked by PSG in July last year. The 51-year-old did not have the most memorable of stints in Paris but his stock has not diminished in the Real Madrid offices, who had considered appointing him once before as well.

Thomas Tuchel was also a candidate for Real Madrid and talks were also held with him. But, the club informed him that if Ancelotti won the UCL, he would stay on, which played a part in the German signing for Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, club legend Raul Gonzalez, who is currently the manager of Real Madrid Castilla, is also a candidate, but is seen only as Plan B, with Pochettino very much the frontrunner at this point.

A lot will depend on how the rest of the season pans out and whether Ancelotti is able to lead Real Madrid to back-to-back Champions League triumphs.

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