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Real Madrid shortlist two managers to replace Ancelotti in the future – report



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The post of manager at Real Madrid is one of the most demanding jobs in the world of football.

The near-zero margin for error makes the candidate tread a tightrope throughout his tenure, and trophies are not seen as successes but as a bare minimum requirement for continuity.

Carlo Ancelotti is one of the club’s most successful managers in recent history and has won the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup in his second stint at the club. Yet, there are doubts over his continuity at the Spanish capital.

According to reports from ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Italian tactician is aware that his future in Real Madrid is under a cloud of doubt.

A lot of questions have arisen ever since the men in white came second best to Barcelona in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, and the recent Clasico defeat only adds salt to the wounds.

Though many members of the management are in favour of his continuity, the final decision in June will depend on the administrators at the higher levels. Thus, it is significant to note that Florentino Perez himself is unhappy with the coach.

The Spanish outlet adds that the Real Madrid president did not like the manner in which Ancelotti selected his starting lineup against Atletico Madrid.

The manager kept Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga on the bench, but Perez felt that he should have deployed his strongest XI to secure the win.

Given the uncertainty over Ancelotti’s future and the reported interest from the Brazilian National Team to hire him, there is a real chance that this could be the Italian’s final season at the helm.

In such a situation, Los Blancos reportedly have two names lined up as replacements.

The most obvious choice would be to promote Raul Gonzalez, who has been doing a tremendous job at Real Madrid Castilla. The club legend dreams of managing the first team, and now arguably has the experience required to take on the task.

Another option considered viable is Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine tactician is yet to return to action after his stint at PSG and is undoubtedly one of the biggest names available on the market.

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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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