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Real Madrid hope that injury-riddles new signing can debut in January – report



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Caution. That is the word and the mantra that Real Madrid hope to follow with Arda Guler as they help the youngster get back onto his feet after an injury plagues start to the season.

Having arrived after Real Madrid’s direct tussle with Barcelona for his signature, the Turkish phenom was under a mountain of pressure even before he donned the white jersey for the first time. His chronic run of injuries, needless to say, has not helped.

Debut on the horizon

According to reports from Rodra via The Madrid Zone, Real Madrid are calm about the young phenom’s situation. They do not see any reason to hurry his recovery and are willing to wait until he is fit and raring.

If nothing goes wrong and his recovery meets the deadlines, Guler will debut in January after the Christmas break. A debut against Villarreal as relayed earlier this week is no longer a possibility.

Fans can thus hope to see the little magician in action during Real Madrid’s clash against Mallorca or the Copa del Rey fixture against Arandina. Nevertheless, his integration will be gradual.

Ancelotti’s reassuring words

While media reports have featured news about the Turkish star’s near-recovery for a long time now, direct confirmation from the club always stands superior.

Last week, Carlo Ancelotti himself provided an update on Guler and his potential return when he spoke ahead of Real Madrid’s clash against Real Betis.

“He’s almost back. He will train harder next week. I don’t know if he will be ready for the last game of the year or in 2024.”

Yet, this is not the first time the player has been on the doorstep of a return. One must hope that he faces no further hiccup here on in.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund




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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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