After the team’s 4-0 win over Girona last night, Real Madrid’s focus turns to the Champions League.
For starters, the next clash on their calendar is against RB Leipzig in the knockout stages of the European competition. As is the case every season, the Merengues are one of the favourites to take home the title.
More importantly, Saturday’s result helped the men in white open up a five-point gap over Girona, providing them enough space to place their entire focus on the Champions League. From here on, the European competition will take prominence while the objective in La Liga will just be to maintain the cushion.
Two players close to suspension
On Tuesday night, Real Madrid will face off against the German opposition at the Red Bull Arena for the first leg of the Round of 16. Having the home advantage in the second leg is indeed a boon, but Los Blancos also risk missing some crucial players for the return fixture should they be booked.
Jude Bellingham and Eduardo Camavinga are both at the risk of suspension in the Champions League. Having already accumulated two yellow cards so far, they will miss the second leg against Leipzig if they are booked on Tuesday night.
Needless to say, that will serve as one of the factors behind Ancelotti’s decisions on the night. While both players are undisputed starters, the manager could hook them off the field early based on the game situation to avoid suspension.
The injury factor
Bellingham starred in the team’s 4-0 wreckage of Girona, scoring twice on the night. However, he left the field injured in the second half after succumbing to an ankle injury.
According to recent reports, however, the Englishman’s injury is not as bad as initially anticipated. He is likely to make it back in time to face Leipzig in the European clash, although it remains to be seen if his yellow card accumulation has any impact on his starting role on the night.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.