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Real Madrid coach will rotate against Mallorca with an eye on Man City clash

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Real Madrid were able to hold off the pressure from Manchester City to secure a 3-3 draw on Tuesday, in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal.

Los Blancos now have the daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad when these two teams meet each other again next midweek.

Keeping that in mind, coach Carlo Ancelotti will be mindful about keeping his star players fresh for the return leg.

Real Madrid to rotate vs Mallorca

To that end, Mundo Deportivo reports that Ancelotti could ring in the changes in the upcoming league game against Mallorca.

The Italian is keeping one eye on the return leg. Not to mention, Real Madrid will also have to face Barcelona, just a few days after the Champions League tie.

Ancelotti is likely to rest his top players. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Given their position in the league table, Real Madrid do have the luxury to make changes against Mallorca. The Spanish giants, after all, have an astounding eight-point lead at the top of the ladder.

What could be the changes?

Aurelien Tchouameni was handed a yellow card against Man City and therefore, he is ruled out for the return leg through suspension.

Keeping that in mind, we can expect Tchouameni to start vs Mallorca. Ancelotti, however, will most certainly rest the likes of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy.

That means Real Madrid could start with Lucas Vazquez and Fran Garcia against Mallorca. There may be changes in midfield, too, with even Dani Ceballos not ruled out for some action.

Similarly, the likes of Arda Guler, Joselu and Brahim Diaz may have an opportunity to lead the Real Madrid frontline.

However, regardless of the changes, Real Madrid cannot afford a mishap against Mallorca, knowing Barcelona are breathing down their necks.

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  1. Jon Gray

    April 11, 2024 at 12:00 am

    I am a life-long Madrid fan, but deep down if we could not win City at the Bernabeu at our new stadium, I am very doubtful about our success at Etihad Stadium. They simply have a better team at both the individual and team levels, plus they have a better and dynamic coach who pushes his players to their limits, and know when to make the right substitutions, unlike our coach who hardly substitutes players even when they have tired legs or are wasting goal opportunities like what Vinicius did for much of the game. Next year, with Mbappe and some new signings, like Alphonso Davies, Endricks, Yoro, etc, we could triumph over the best tram in Europe. Until then, I can only remain optimistic that City will not thrash us again as they did last sumner.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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