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Real Madrid activate ‘plan B’ for Wembley final: Four midfielders

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According to Sergio Lopez de Vicente’s report in AS, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is ready to activate his Plan B, which is to field a four-man midfield for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

This midfield will include Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham.

While these players are all incredibly talented, they haven’t had much time to play together as a unit in this kind of setup. In fact, they have only started six games together all season, two of which were against Manchester City.

An opportunity for Camavinga

It must be noted that Aurelien Tchouameni has often been the main player in the pivot position and when Camavinga has taken his place, he has only played with this particular group of midfielders about six times. 

This is why the final will be a significant opportunity for Camavinga to prove himself and show that he deserves to start over his compatriot.

Camavinga is a more dynamic and attacking player than Tchouameni, but he also tends to make more mistakes when starting plays. 

This final will be a crucial test for him as the coaching staff has emphasised the importance of not making errors at the back. 

Eduardo Camavinga will be Real Madrid’s midfield pivot. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Among the fans, there has been some debate about who should start in the pivot position, but for Ancelotti, the choice is clear: he prefers Tchouameni. 

The reason is simple; while Tchouameni might play more conservatively, he makes fewer mistakes. Ancelotti feels that the team already has enough adventurous players going forward, so he wants someone reliable in the pivot. 

Ancelotti forced to make changes

Unfortunately, Tchouameni won’t be available for the final at Wembley after suffering a stress injury in his left foot during the match against Bayern Munich. 

During the celebration of Real Madrid’s league title, he was seen with a large support brace and a crutch. Initially, there was hope he might recover in time for the final, but Ancelotti confirmed last Friday that Tchouameni is definitely out. 

Although the Frenchman is working hard to be fit, it seems nearly impossible and although he has been included in the squad list, it is unlikely he will play.

With Tchouameni out, Camavinga will take the pivot position where he has played 22 times this season. 

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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