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Real Madrid set to make an offer for Mauricio Pochettino – report

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The end of a manager’s tenure usually comes after an extended run of poor form by the team. Carlo Ancelotti is not in the same boat, though.

The Italian manager has guided his team nine points clear of second-placed Sevilla in the league. Moreover, Los Blancos also find themselves in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after a stunning remontada against PSG.

Yet, the Madrid outfit are looking to part ways with their coach at the end of the season. The board are said to be unhappy with the style of play and edgy wins in recent months.

Moreover, the recent humiliation at El Clasico is another prime example of Ancelotti’s tactics going wrong.

According to reports from Daily Mail, Mauricio Pochettino is one of the names on the list for next season. The PSG coach has had a dismal time in France and is almost guaranteed to leave the club in June.

Real Madrid’s biggest rival for the appointment of Pochettino is Manchester United. The Red Devils see the Argentine as the architect for their rebuild and are not expected to hold back come June.

The 50-year-old manager has overseen 75 games for PSG so far, winning 50 and losing on 15 occasions. The French club average 2.13 points per game under his command, though the same figure for his overall managerial career is a mere 1.67.

Kylian Mbappe is said to share a strong bond with the Argentine. Needless to say, their experience working together will be a key factor for Real Madrid next season.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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