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Real Madrid legend sees ‘Galactico 2.0’ forming with Mbappe signing

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Real Madrid are shaping up to become a real force to reckon with. They are running away with La Liga and are well-placed in the UCL, and the team’s current success only makes the upcoming summer more exciting.

Adding Kylian Mbappe, Alphonso Davies and Leny Yoro to a squad that already boasts innumerable champions will only elevate the level of Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Needless to say, there are exciting times for Real Madrid fans across the globe.

Figo’s take on the Real Madrid squad

Speaking to the media in a recent interaction, Real Madrid legend Luis Figo commented on Real Madrid’s squad and the potential addition of Kylian Mbappe to the mix next season.

“Mbappé to Real Madrid? Real Madrid of the Galactico 1.0 was not so bad, 2.0 will not be so bad either,” he said (h/t Fox Sports).

Los Blancos are already perennial favourites in any competition they lay foot into. The foundation of a great team is in place, with most positions on the field sorted for the long term.

Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni and Jude Bellingham can rule the team’s midfield for the coming decade at least, while Endrick, Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Jr and Kylian Mbappe will form a formidable unit up front.

Real Madrid are forcing a champion team (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Adding Alphonso Davies and Leny Yoro to the defensive line that already boasts of Eder Militao will only complete a champion team. The right-back thus remains the only position unaccounted for.

Calling this the new Galactico lineup is thus completely warranted and deserved.

Special praise on Bellingham

While Kylian Mbappe may be the talk of the town in Madrid after his move in June, Jude Bellingham will remain one of the team’s poster boys after his phenomenal start to life in the team.

The youngster’s adaptation to life in a new country and league has been nothing short of phenomenal, and Figo reiterated the same in an interview earlier this week.

“I was surprised by the adaptation, but not the quality because I know him. It is logical that when you arrive at a club, you need to adapt, but he did it and everything is very easy and good for the club and him,” the club legend said on Bellingham.

With the coming generation promising to be a terrifying unit on paper, it remains to be seen if they can exceed the greatness of the team’s last set of Galacticos who ruled Europe. Needless to say, the potential is there.

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Ancelotti’s Pre-Season Conundrum: How will Mbappe fit in at Real Madrid?

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As the countdown to Real Madrid’s pre-season ticks away, manager Carlo Ancelotti is grappling with a significant challenge as most of his key players have yet to return, presenting a puzzle that needs solving urgently. 

It must be noted that last summer while preparing for the 2023/24 season, Ancelotti and staff crafted a new formation to make the most of their attacking talents. 

They knew they would rely heavily on Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo, so they designed a 4-4-2 diamond formation that placed Bellingham in a crucial midfield role. 

This strategy, honed during the pre-season and refined throughout the campaign, allowed other players to adapt to a well-defined playing style.

There are new challenges now

However, with the pre-season just two days away, Ancelotti finds himself needing to rework his plans. 

The absence of Kroos and the inclusion of Kylian Mbappe present new hurdles and Ancelotti needs to adjust his tactics to ensure the team functions seamlessly. O

According to Mundo Deportivo, one possibility being considered is repositioning Bellingham to a deeper role, where he can orchestrate play alongside Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, or Aurelien Tchouameni. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to find a way to accommodate Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The challenge here lies in maintaining clarity and control of the ball, a trait Kroos excelled at, which will be difficult to replicate without a similar player. 

Dani Ceballos could step in, but he doesn’t command the same status as Kroos or the other key players and is also expected to leave.

What about the forwards?

The forward positions also need reevaluation. Vinicius and Rodrygo, although used as forwards last season, are not natural strikers. The same goes for Mbappe, who prefers playing on the left, clashing with Vinicius’ preferred position. 

This creates a conundrum for Ancelotti: how to accommodate the attacking prowess of his players while maintaining defensive solidity.

Ancelotti’s task is to find a balance that utilizes his players’ strengths without compromising the team’s structure. The upcoming pre-season matches against Milan, Barcelona, and Chelsea will be crucial. 

These games will offer valuable insights into how Real Madrid should approach the 2024/25 season. The pressure is immense, as always, and there’s no room for doubt. 

Ancelotti’s decisions will be under scrutiny from the first official match of the season, the European Super Cup against Atalanta, where success is expected.

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