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Real Madrid prodigy seen as a guaranteed starter even if Ancelotti changes formation

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Both Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti opted for the 4-3-3 system to be the backbone of their setup at Real Madrid in recent seasons. After all, the formation provided the team with the perfect blend of defensive stability and attacking transitions.

Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Casemiro headlined the famous setup and pulled the strings from the middle of the park. The famous trio did not take long to establish itself as one of the world’s best and proved to be the epitome of balance.

Times have now changed, and Ancelotti appears to be considering a shift in formation. Heading into the new season, the Italian is intrigued by the possibility of using either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-4-2 diamond setup.

According to reports from El Larguero, Camavinga will be a regular starter next season. He is seen to be a perfect fit in both the aforementioned setups, making him a strong candidate to start irrespective of the final choice.

The French prodigy would likely sit in the double pivot alongside Aurelien Tchouameni in a 4-2-3-1 formation, reinforcing the team in defensive transitions. Simultaneously, he is likely to have the freedom to venture forward in possession.

Moreover, his positioning as a pivot would open the doors for Ancelotti to deploy the likes of Jude Bellingham and Luka Modric in a more advanced role.

If the manager opts for a 4-4-2, however, Camavinga could likely play as one of the two interior midfielders. One can expect Aurelien Tchouameni and Jude Bellingham to play as the deep-lying midfielder and attacking midfielder respectively in such a dynamic, with either Modric or Kroos starting alongside the French star.

The world will get its first clear look at Ancelotti’s ideas in the USA later this month. With such spectacular talents at his disposal, one can trust the Italian tactician to build something special.

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Real Madrid teenage talent faces uncertain future following increase in competition

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Journalist Jordi Gil has reported through SPORT that Arda Guler’s situation at Real Madrid is becoming increasingly difficult. 

This is because Guler is unhappy with the lack of playing time he experienced last season and is determined not to spend another season on the bench.

During the recently concluded Euro 2024, Guler demonstrated his immense talent to the world. This competition gave him the platform to showcase his abilities, which had largely remained unseen during the season at Real Madrid. 

He only featured in a few games towards the end of the season, which were inconsequential as Real Madrid had already secured the league title.

Guler has injuries to blame

Guler’s troubles began early last season when he suffered an injury during the American tour. This setback, combined with the challenge of adapting to a new language and style of football, made it difficult for him to find his footing. 

Although Carlo Ancelotti tried to support him mentally, he did not provide Guler with enough opportunities to play.

Arda Guler wants to have more game time.(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngest is now determined not to let history repeat itself. He is willing to force a move, possibly through a loan, if he does not get more playing time, even though Real Madrid want him in the first team

This situation could escalate if Guler continues to see himself as the last option in the squad. Milan and Bayer Leverkusen have already expressed interest in him.

Guler is way down the pecking order

Currently, Guler is behind several high-profile players in the pecking order. Stars like Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo are ahead of him. 

Additionally, Brahim Diaz has the edge, and in midfield, Guler faces competition from Jude Bellingham. Breaking into the starting lineup seems like an almost impossible task at the moment, even though he proved his worth at the Euros.

Meanwhile, it is said that Florentino Perez has great faith in him. Perez wants to see Guler succeed at Real Madrid, but the challenge now lies with Ancelotti in managing the team. 

Benching established stars to give playing time to a young prospect like Guler could create tension in the dressing room.

Real Madrid have a surplus of attacking options. The arrival of Mbappe has brought renewed hope to Real Madrid fans, but the significant investment in the French star might disrupt the harmony within the squad that Ancelotti has worked hard to maintain. 

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