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.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”