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Real Madrid managerial candidate emerges as a target for Villarreal – reports

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It did not take long into the new season for the first sacking of Europe’s top league to be announced. The season is long, but Quique Setien was the first to be axed by Villarreal, just four games into the new La Liga season.

Villarreal had lost three of their four games thus far and saw a change in management to be the best form of damage control.

The Yellow Submarines are now eyeing a new coach, and it appears they have their eyes on Madrid.

Is Raul on his way out?

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Villarreal are interested in signing Real Madrid Castilla manager Raul Gonzalez.

Los Blancos are aware of the interest and await his decision, especially with reports suggesting that Raul is a candidate to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu when he leaves.

The manager’s next step is unclear at this point. He is tempted by the offer because it is attractive and gives him the chance to work in the first division.

Moreover, Raul shares a strong relationship with Villarreal’s owner. He is currently thinking about leaving Castilla, and could well go down that road.

This is not the first time the Spanish tactician has received an offer from a top club. He has previously rejected offers from Eintracht Frankfurt, Leeds United, and Espanyol but sees this opportunity to be more tempting.

Sacrificing the big dream?

Carlo Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid beyond this season is unclear. There are strong rumours of his appointment as the new manager of the Brazilian National Team with the CBF President even confirming the same.

If the Italian maestro opts to leave Real Madrid, the club administration see Raul Gonzalez as one of the top options to take over the reins of the first-team.

A departure to Villarreal midway through the ongoing season could thus crush any of Raul’s hopes of becoming the new Real Madrid manager.

After all, it would not sit well if he left his job at Villarreal next summer with less than a year at the club.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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