After a short two-year break, it appears Zinedine Zidane is ready to resume his managerial career. His excellent record at Real Madrid has led many European giants to seek out the possibility of hiring him ahead of the new season.
Quite naturally, Real Madrid have emerged as one of the possible destinations, amid uncertainties over the future of Carlo Ancelotti.
Zidane has already had two spells as Real Madrid’s coach, notably leading the Spanish to three consecutive Champions League titles. However, as far as his return to Bernabeu is concerned, it is not on the table right now, reports MARCA.
The Spanish news outlet suggests Real Madrid are not considering a return of Zidane right now, as Florentino Perez trusts Ancelotti ‘more than ever’.
There were doubts over the Italian’s continuity. But strong performances in the Champions League, coupled with a Copa Del Rey semifinal win over Barcelona have helped him regain the trust of the Real Madrid board.
In fact, the relationship between Ancelotti and Perez is quite healthy at the moment, with Los Blancos planning the next season with the Italian tactician at the helm. This has ruled out the prospect of Zidane returning for a third term.
Instead, the Frenchman has been linked with other European giants. Juventus are considered one of the potential suitors, with Massimiliano Allegri facing immense pressure. PSG, too, could be a destination, should the board look to sack Christophe Galtier.
Overall, it promises to be an interesting summer ahead for Zidane as he looks to take the next step in his managerial career, possibly by joining a new club. As for Real Madrid, they are content with Ancelotti, who has stepped up to the plate when the board needed him the most.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.