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Real Madrid believe players should be blamed for Man City loss, not Ancelotti



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Wednesday’s 0-4 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final has not been swallowed well by anyone at Real Madrid.

Thanks to the embarrassment, there is already a lot of heat within the club but the management will not take any rash decisions in the midst of this.

In this context, even Carlo Ancelotti’s job is safe, and the Italian is, in fact, going to meet with Florentino Perez to discuss plans for next season.

The former Milan and Chelsea coach was heavily criticized for changing the shape of his team in the second leg. Quite particularly, many pointed out that slotting Eder Militao in the starting XI was absolutely unnecessary, especially after how effective Antonio Rudiger was in nullifying Erling Haaland in the first leg.

Meanwhile, the manager has rightly received some flake, but the team believes that the players are more at fault for the defeat against City than the Italian, reports ESPN.

Writing for the outlet, Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez claim that the ‘blame should be shared among the playing squad, acknowledging Madrid’s inferiority against City’ while admitting that a change is of absolute necessity.

After all, the team attempted a mere seven shots throughout the game and only three of them were on target.

Barring Toni Kroos’s right-footed screamer, which hit the frame of the post, the Los Blancos hardly tested Ederson during the night.

Following the elimination from the UEFA Champions League, Madrid’s season is technically over, with the only thing left for them is to finish second in the league, which is already won by Barcelona. With only four games to play, Madrid are a mere two points ahead of third-placed Atletico Madrid.

Now, it must be noted that while Real Madrid are not targeting a complete overhaul this summer in order to alter the situation, they will look to add depth to the squad.

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Real Madrid plan to hold talks with Chelsea over €60 million-rated German international



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Kai Havertz has emerged as the latest target for Real Madrid as they look to beef up the attacking unit ahead of the new season.

The club are bracing themselves for the loss of Marco Asensio, who is reportedly closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Even Dani Ceballos is facing an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu, though the club are making a last-gasp effort to keep hold of the midfielder.

In order to mitigate the losses, Real Madrid are planning to bring in a new attacker, with Havertz emerging as a potential candidate.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid’s plan is to hold talks with Chelsea in the next few weeks, over the possibility of Havertz’s move to the Bernabeu.

The Premier League giants seek good money for the German international, but do not consider him ‘untouchable’. The player, after all, has endured a difficult season, where his productivity has been questioned.

The former Bayer Leverkusen starlet has netted seven goals in the Premier League this past season, but the number could have easily breached the 15 mark if the forward had successfully converted most of his chances.

Chelsea, therefore, are ready to offload the German ahead of the new season. The Blues had signed the young playmaker in the summer of 2020, for an astounding €80 million. But the move has not paid off at all, with the player scoring just 32 goals in 139 appearances.

Chelsea are now keen on recouping some of that investment by asking big money for Havertz this summer. Real Madrid, for their part, are not exactly clear how much they should spend on the German, but they appear ready to take the gamble on the player.

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