After a successful season, Carlo Ancelotti is entering the second year of his second term at Real Madrid.
The Italian coach has to put together several pieces of the new puzzle he has in front of him and will take advantage of the pre-season to tackle all these tasks. The daily AS lists the 6 major projects awaiting the Madrid coach this season.
Asensio and Ceballos
These are the two hot issues of the summer in Madrid. Both have one season remaining on their contracts and to this day the club remain firm in their decision to open the door to them. That’s why none of them have an extension offer on the table. But Ancelotti can reverse the fate of one or the other if he feels the need. Asensio’s case is the trickiest. If the offer that arrives is insufficient, Real will have to make a decision: accept a low offer, not exceeding 20-30 million, or hold on for the last year, even knowing that the player will leave for free.
Deciding whether to hire or not
Likewise, the club’s position on this point is quite clear. There will be no more new recruits. But it is also true that in this period, situations are volatile. It’s Ancelotti who will have the final say on whether or not to sign an attacking player. And it doesn’t have to be a pure new one. If Asensio comes to leave, it’s not excluded that the Italian coach considers the possibility of bringing someone in.
The transition to midfield
For the first time in many years, Casemiro will have competition in his post. That of Aurélien Tchouameni, 22 years old. On the other side is Camavinga (19), another energetic midfielder. And Valverde (23), who became the team’s eleventh player last season. Faced with such competition, the stainless trio (Modric, Kroos, Casemiro) could end up no longer being indisputable. That’s why Ancelotti is on a mission to ensure a smooth transition in midfield.
The signing of Rüdiger reshuffles all the defense cards. In theory, the central hinge from last season (Militao-Alaba) should be defeated to allow the German to play in this position. Alaba would therefore shift to the left side, to the detriment of Ferland Mendy. The latter, although very prone to injuries, is the great victim of all this. While he missed 14 games last season due to five different illnesses, the team’s record with him at full-back is outstanding: Real have lost just five of the 73 games they have played (in fact, only two of the 63 he started for). Anyway, Ancelotti will be spoiled for choice to compose his defensive line.
The role of the Cantera
Ancelotti used six La Fábrica players last season: Latasa (9′), Sergio Santos (10′), Mario Gila (23′), Peter (24′), Antonio Blanco (36′) and Miguel Gutiérrez (327′) ). He had a very large team and, therefore, a lot of egos to satisfy. This season, on the other hand, the workforce could be reduced to 22 or 23 players, which will theoretically benefit the youngsters of the Madrid training center.
Decide on the 9
Ancelotti is confirmed in his decisions. Last season, he has already proven that Jovic (who played only 549 minutes and scored one goal) or Mariano (one goal in 397 minutes) should not be counted on. Before giving them game time, the coach tried Isco, Asensio, Rodrygo and Bale in the nine position. The Serb took notice and joined Fiorentina. Mariano’s agent said he was ready to leave, but it’s been two straight seasons now which does nothing to ease his departure. In sum, Ancelotti’s decision on the nine lies in whether or not Borja Mayoral (25) is good enough to fill this position and whether players like Hazard and Rodrygo could also come to play this role in position. false 9.