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Real Madrid concerned with defensive duo’s performances this season in Militao, Alaba’s absence



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Even though Real Madrid continue to remain on par with Girona in the race for the league title, the club have lost the opportunity to seal a treble this season thanks to a Copa Del Rey exit earlier in the month.

Real Madrid’s recent performances have raised scrutiny over the performances of some of the players, including some of the key stars at the back.

Concerns about Nacho & Rudiger’s performances

According to a recent report from Rodra (h/t RMA4Arab), there are growing concerns over the performances of defenders Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger.

The duo has continued to make mistakes in recent matches, including the most recent encounter against Las Palmas, where Real Madrid relied on a late goal to seal all three points.

While Real Madrid have no doubt about the quality of Rudiger and Nacho, their poor form has raised tension within the camp.

Nacho’s performance levels have depleted in recent weeks. (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

This comes against the backdrop of Carlo Ancelotti having limited options at the back, with David Alaba and Eder Militao out with long-term injuries.

Uncertainty about Nacho’s future

Nacho, in particular, has come under pressure in recent weeks. Even after Alaba’s injury, Real Madrid did not want to enter the market for a new defender as they were impressed by Nacho’s form.

But the veteran defender has struggled lately and his performances have been far from impressive.

Although Real Madrid have no doubts about the quality of Nacho, the player’s poor form does raise concerns over his future.

Nacho’s contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. If he continues his poor form, the club might want to reconsider handing a contract extension, especially knowing that Los Blancos are likely to spend big on defence.

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  1. Samuel

    January 29, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    At times i don’t understand how Real madrid looks at things Nacho burns out quickly so you have only one reliable cb how dou expect to contend in dimestic and in continental’s?

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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