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Real Madrid defensive ace set to miss El Clasico vs Barcelona – report



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We are just days away from this year’s third El Clasico as Real Madrid lock horns with Barcelona once again – this time in La Liga.

Having fallen to a defeat over the past two occasions, Real Madrid will be seeking retribution and securing three points this Sunday.

However, heading into this game, Real Madrid have been dealt with a major blow, as David Alaba is unlikely to return to full fitness and feature against Barcelona.

This has been reported by Melchor Ruiz of COPE, who suggests that the former Bayern Munich star is recovering well from his injury. But he is not yet fully fit to return to action and may need at least another week.

The idea is to provide Alaba with additional time to recover before the defender eventually makes his return to the pitch during the international break with Austria.

This has indeed been a frustrating season for Alaba, who has had to endure two bouts of injury. He has had to spend time on the sidelines for about two months and has missed 13 competitive matches.

Alaba’s troubles with injuries have even forced Carlo Ancelotti to deploy Eduardo Camavinga in the left-back position, although the young Frenchman is now making a case to become a reliable option in the number six position.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid will be hoping that Alaba does not aggravate his injury during the international break, when Austria take on the likes of Azerbaijan and Estonia in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers.

An extended spell on the sidelines for Alaba could be catastrophic for Real Madrid, especially as the Spanish giants look to retain their Champions League title while making up lost ground in the domestic competitions.

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Brazilian national team ‘dreaming’ of working with Ancelotti – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, the Brazilian national team are ‘dreaming’ of appointing Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.

The Selecao decided to part ways with Tite after the team underdelivered in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ramon Menezes has taken charge of the senior team for the time being until a permanent appointment is made.

And, the Brazil Football Confederation is clear about who their preferred target is. Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the South American nation in recent months and comments from players like Ederson, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr have only served to further fuel the rumours.

Now, Romano is claiming that Brazil dream of naming Ancelotti as their manager and are hoping that he will be parting ways with Real Madrid at the end of the season.

As far as the situation at the club is concerned, Romano states that Real Madrid are working hard to protect Ancelotti from external pressure as they want him to remain focused on winning the UEFA Champions League this season.

The Italian tactician remains in 100% control of the team at the moment and the club are trying to shield him from external factors.

However, at the same time, trophies are a must at a club of this stature and hence, Romano adds that Real Madrid have a potential list of candidates to take over.

Thomas Tuchel was among the names on the list, but has signed for Bayern Munich. Raul Gonzalez, currently in charge of the Castilla team, is also being looked at along with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.

As of now, Ancelotti remains in control of things at Real Madrid and any decision on his future will only be made at the end of the season. And, Brazil are lying in wait to pounce if an opportunity to sign the Italian manager presents itself.

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