A managerial change often brings with it a new ideology to the team and a new role for several players. While some rise to stardom in the new system, others fade away into the darkness.
Miguel Gutierrez faced the latter situation and can blame the managerial change at Real Madrid for his slow but sure exclusion from the first team.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, Real Madrid and Girona are in advanced negotiations over Gutierrez. The operation will be closed in the coming hours.
The 21-year-old Castilla left-back made six league appearances for Los Blancos under Zinedine Zidane in 2020-21. Just as he seemed set to burst into the limelight, Carlo Ancelotti was appointed head coach and the tables turned.
Last season, he only made four appearances for the first team with his last game close to a year ago.
The new manager has preferred Ferland Mendy at left-back with even the experienced Marcelo finding himself on the bench last season. Now, David Alaba is an added competitor and Miguel is seen as surplus.
Girona belong to the City football group and have had the youngster on their tabs for a long time now. While his move to the newly promoted side will be permanent, Los Blancos will reserve a buy-back clause.
Moreover, it is said that the club will retain 50% of the player’s rights after the operation. The goal is to help Miguel develop outside the Bernabeu and bring him back after he has garnered experience.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.