It is in Real Madrid’s policy and in their best interest that the administration begin planning for the future well in advance. That said, it is no surprise as to why the right-back position is seen as an area of concern by the club.
Daniel Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez have the portfolios required to handle duties on the right side of defence. However, with both Spaniards aged 31 years, there is a worry about the passing of the baton.
According to reports from ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), however, Los Blancos will make no new acquisitions at the right-back position as of this summer. Carlo Ancelotti had identified Pedro Porro and Malo Gusto as potential reinforcements but both players secured a move in the recently concluded winter transfer market.
Porro was among Europe’s most sought-after fullbacks in January. Instead of waiting until the summer, however, the Spanish player decided to accept Tottenham Hotspurs’ offer to join on loan. The English side have an obligation to make his move permanent in the summer for €45 million.
Gusto, on the other hand, made a move to Stamford Bridge in the same window. The Premier League side completed his signing for close to €30 million, but sent him back to Lyon on loan until the end of the season.
A common feature of both deals is the massive price-tag involved, something Real Madrid would not be prepared to shell out at the moment.
Heading into next season, Carlo Ancelotti will look to hold his faith in Carvajal and Vazquez with Nacho hopefully continuing as a valuable third-option. Needless to say, Vinicius Tobias from Real Madrid Castilla will serve as an able backup for his seniors and his debut for the first team only seems to be a matter of time.
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.