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Three ways Ancelotti could fit Kylian Mbappe into his Real Madrid setup next season – report

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Florentino Perez has long dreamed of Kylian Mbappe as the icing on the cake at Real Madrid. The French superstar’s ability to score goals ruthlessly, after all, caps off the one deficiency Real Madrid have experienced since Karim Benzema left.

Now that Mbappe’s move to Madrid is all but confirmed, Carlo Ancelotti faces the dilemma of where to place him on the field.

As revealed by AS, three options stand out on the manager’s table.

Plan A: Sacrifice a midfielder

The first idea the Italian gaffer considers is reverting to the 4-3-3 setup that the team boasted of even until last season. The setup will see Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes start on the left and right wings respectively, with Mbappe operating as the central striker.

Undoubtedly, the Frenchman prefers to play on the left but Vinicius’ presence in the squad ruled out the option of his starting there. Moreover, Mbappe has taken giant strides in playing as a central striker this season under Luis Enrique at PSG.

The one drawback of the system, however, is that it sacrifices one of Eduardo Camavinga or Aurelien Tchouameni in midfield.

After all, Jude Bellingham and Federico Valverde are undisputed starters for Ancelotti, leaving only one place in the middle of the park – the pivot role.

Plan B: Sacrifice an attacker

Attacking partners next season. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The two other options Ancelotti has maintained the 4-4-2 dynamic that the team is using this year. In both scenarios, the player sacrificed would be Rodrygo, with Mbappe and Vinicius spearheading the attack in a line of two.

The first setup the manager could consider involves continuing with the 4-4-2 diamond, with Bellingham spearheading the midfield and the duo of Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga just behind him. Tchouameni would complete the midfield as the pivot in such a case.

The second option is to revert to a traditional 4-4-2 with Bellingham and Valverde playing as the wide midfielders on the left and right respectively.

Camavinga and Tchouameni, in such a case, would feature as a double pivot, providing extra security at the back and solidifying the setup.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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