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‘Three midfielders’ – Real Madrid icon points out lineup solution when Mbappe joins



Real Madrid have done everything in their power to finally complete a move for Kylian Mbappe, who is set to leave PSG at the end of the season after half-a-decade of flirting with the Spanish outfit.

Los Blancos will have a problem at their hand when he joins, though, as they already have a host of superstar talent at the club deserving important starting roles.

As such, the former Real Madrid icon Guti has spelled out a solution for Madrid, suggesting that they could take one midfielder out of the equation to fit in Mbappe.

Guti’s ‘three midfielder’ setup

Speaking to El Chiringuito TV, Guti was asked what will happen to the the team when Mbappe joins.

“Speaking for myself, when they brought in the Galacticos I did not like it because I know I was going to play less,” the creative midfield powerhouse said, remembering his time with Madrid in the 2000s.

He did suggest a solution to fit in Mbappe, as well, saying, “I think Rodrygo will start next season. Real Madrid can consider playing with three midfielders.”

Carlo Ancelotti has largely fielded a 4-3-1-2 this season with Jude Bellingham playing in the hole behind Vinicius and Rodrygo. This essentially converts into a 4-3-3, with the Englishman assuming centre-forward responsibilities.

Guti’s suggestion makes sense on paper since Mbappe can take on the no. 9 role, with Vinicius and Rodrygo on either side of him. The Frenchman can then often swap with the left-winger to create space.

Better than the Galacticos?

The iconic Real Madrid Galacticos lineup.

Guti was also asked whether this team could compete with the Galacticos side previously assembled by Florentino Perez. The Spaniard seemed confident in his response, siding with the current generation.

“In terms of players, this Real Madrid is better than the Galacticos. It was difficult for us to win during the Galactico Madri. Many were going forward and few came back to defend.”

Apart from Mbappe, Madrid are also eyeing a move for Alphonso Davies and Leny Yoro in the summer, hoping to cover all cracks in the team ahead of the next season.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’



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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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