Journalist Edu Aguirre is reporting via El Chiringuito TV that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is currently thinking of switching to a double-pivot in midfield, comprising Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde amidst the face of the injuries.
Real Madrid are set to be without Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni at least until the start of January 2024, meaning that options in midfield are very limited for the Italian.
As a result, the manager will turn his head towards the usual suspects and while it was reported before that players from the youth team will be utilized in the hours of need, the manager seems to be exploring other possible alternatives as well.
How will the midfield look like?
It is to be noted that in the absence of Camavinga and Tchouameni, Ancelotti might look to tweak his approach a bit.
It had been speculated that Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will see more minutes in light of the injuries, given that Real Madrid have been playing with four midfielders all season.
But it appears that Ancelotti is thinking of switching formation to a potential 4-2-3-1, with Valverde and Kroos forming the double pivot in midfield, while Bellingham would play as the sole attacking midfielder.
For what it is worth, this blend of seasoned expertise and youthful enthusiasm is something that Ancelotti is hoping will lead the team at this time.
Real Madrid need to look forward
Real Madrid currently face the challenge of not dwelling too much on those who are injured and as they wait for them to return, they must make sure there is a plan in place.
Right now, the objective is to have a complete roster ready for the crucial months of February and March, which is when the season actually gathers pace.
In the grand scheme of things, the team’s detailed season planning may prove fortunate, provided they can overcome the hurdle of injuries and have key players back in action when it matters most.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo