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UCL winning coach keeping an eye on Real Madrid’s manager situation – report

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The managerial position at Real Madrid has been a major topic in the Spanish capital in recent weeks. With the Spanish giants underperforming in the league and rumours swirling around the future of Carlo Ancelotti, many expect the club to appoint a new coach before the start of next season.

With that in mind, French journalist Loic Tanzi has claimed that former Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel is keeping a close eye on the situation.

It appears the German mastermind is interested in embarking on a new managerial role at Real Madrid, a few months after he exited Stamford Bridge.

Formerly of Borussia Dortmund, Tuchel is considered as one of the top tacticians in Europe due to his tactical flexibility and ability to transform certain players. He has faced criticism for his man-management skills in the past, but the German has matured significantly in the last few years.

Tuchel had notably played a key role in bringing Chelsea back to relevancy and was quite unlucky to have been sacked. But it seems the German is now eyeing a bigger role at a club like Real Madrid.

As mentioned earlier, the Spanish giants have heavily underperformed in the league this term. They are trailing league leaders Barcelona by a whopping eight-point margin. They also have a stern test against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semifinals.

Even in the Champions League, Real Madrid face a tricky encounter against Liverpool in the Round of 16 stage. An early elimination in either of the cup competitions could spell trouble for Carlo Ancelotti, even though he has showcased his desire to see out his contract that runs until 2024.

In addition to Real Madrid’s underperformance, Ancelotti has also been subjected to a move to the Brazilian national team, who are actively looking for a replacement after Tite was relieved of his duties.

This is where Tuchel could prove to be an interesting option for Real Madrid, although it is too early to deduce any possibilities.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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