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Real Madrid planning for next season with Ancelotti as the manager – report



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Over the past few months, there have been a lot of speculations surrounding the future of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The 63-year-old returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2021, replacing Zinedine Zidane. Back for his second stint, Ancelotti led the Merengues to the La Liga and UEFA Champions League double in 2021/22.

The ongoing campaign, however, has been a bit up and down as Real Madrid have failed to defend their La Liga title even though they have made it to the Copa del Rey final and the semi-finals of the Champions League.

It has been previously claimed that failure to win either of those trophies could see Real Madrid part ways with Ancelotti. Meanwhile, rumours of him taking up the job of the Brazil national team manager refuse to go away either.

Only yesterday, Brazil Football Confederation’s president, Ednaldo Rodrigues, once again confirmed that Ancelotti was their primary choice.

But, according to MARCA, there is no plan to replace Ancelotti at the end of the season. Indeed, everything for the next campaign is being planned with the Italian mastermind being at the helm of affairs.

It is said that Ancelotti held a meeting with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez after the defeat to Real Sociedad earlier this week. The two have had several fluid discussions over the course of the season and it was another similar meeting earlier in the week.

Both Ancelotti and Perez reportedly agreed that the La Liga is lost and it is absolutely vital for the team to now go on and win the Copa del Rey on Saturday and the Champions League as well.

But, as things stand, everything for the next season is being planned with Ancelotti as the man in charge of Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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