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Trouble in paradise? Ancelotti staring at uncertain future at Real Madrid after Barcelona loss



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It has been an uncertain time for Carlo Ancelotti, as far as his future at Real Madrid is concerned. If the links to the Brazilian football team were not enough, the Italian has faced immense criticism for the team’s performance, along with some of his choices, reports Alfredo Matilla.

Real Madrid’s draw with Atletico Madrid in La Liga last week did indeed draw a lot of flak, especially from club president Florentino Perez. He questioned Ancelotti’s team selection and subsequently asked him to play his strongest eleven in crucial matches.

But this week, Real Madrid’s problems were compounded after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg.

Although the tie is far from done and dusted and Real Madrid will have an opportunity to overturn the situation in the second leg, it was a disappointing result for Los Blancos, who have not historically done well in Copa del Rey.

In light of the performances, even the relationship between Ancelotti and his players has reportedly changed. Some members of the club are trying to push him away from the Santiago Bernabeu while some of the first-team stars are questioning his tactical choices.

All of this comes in the backdrop of Ancelotti’s links with the Brazilian national team, with the South American giants keen on naming the Italian Tite’s successor.

Some people within the Real Madrid camp are aware of the fact that Ancelotti may have to pack his bags at the end of the season if the club fail to win anything come May.

The Spanish giants have no shortage of potential replacements either, with Jurgen Klopp eyed as one of the targets.

What hurts Ancelotti, though, is the fact that Real Madrid are the one pushing for his exit, more than the Brazilian national team. The Italian, though, will have the opportunity to prove himself during the remainder of the campaign and his future has not been decided just yet.

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25-year-old ‘impeccable’ star viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence



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According to MARCA, Eder Militao is seen as the undisputed leader of the Real Madrid defence, thanks to his ‘impeccable’ level of performances. The 25-year-old’s standing in the team has forced a duel between David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger for the second centre-back slot.

Militao arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, joining from FC Porto in a deal worth €50 million. While he made a slow start to life in Spain, the Brazilian slowly grew in stature from his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Following the exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Militao established himself as a permanent fixture in the backline for the Merengues and was a standout performer last season as they won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy.

The 25-year-old has carried on in the same vein of form this season as well, featuring in 35 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, even chipping in with six goals.

The Brazilian international is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world currently, with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti sharing that opinion.

“I may lose credibility if I say Vinicius and Militão are the best striker and defender in the world respectively but it’s the truth. I am honest. Militão lacks nothing,” he had said last month.

Militao is not only viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence, but has also grown into a leader within the locker room as well, with the player being loved and fully supported by his teammates.

Militao’s presence has meant that Alaba and Rudiger have had to battle it out for the lone centre-back slot. The former had enjoyed a stunning season last time out after joining from Bayern Munich in 2021, but has struggled with injuries and fitness problems this term.

As for Rudiger, the German arrived last summer from Chelsea and started out slow, but has grown in confidence and stature, especially in recent months. So much so that, his signing is already being regarded as a success within the club.

In Militao, Real Madrid undoubtedly have a long-term fixture at the heart of the defence. But with Rudiger and Alaba in their thirties, the Merengues must look to bring in one more player who can take over from them in the near future and can form a partnership with Militao.

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