Carlo Ancelotti: Navigating Challenges and Managing Change at Real Madrid
Unfazed by Pressure
Real Madrid’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, is known for his ability to handle pressure, having previously managed notable figures such as Berlusconi, Abramovich, Al-Khelaifi, and Pérez. Despite a recent loss to Atlético Madrid, Ancelotti remains composed and undeterred, even though his recent decisions have sparked debates.
Formation Shifts and Lineup Changes
Despite a perfect record in the opening games, Ancelotti has made significant changes to the team’s formation and player lineup. Madrid played without a pure center forward in the first serious test of the season, with Joselu on the bench. The team’s structure was entirely new, but it soon needed adjustments. The right wing, with Fran Garcia and Kroos, was weak, and Camavinga had to leave his position to the German. Tchouaméni, a regular until then, was benched to make room for Modric. It is clear Ancelotti is finding it challenging to manage and satisfy all midfielders.
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Generational Change in the Offing?
The club wants a generational change, which seemed feasible at the beginning of the season but has become less clear with time. Modric was the one to be replaced at half-time, allowing Joselu to return to the more familiar scheme. Despite these adjustments, the Real Madrid management supports Ancelotti. This support was evident in a recent meeting between Ancelotti, Florentino Pérez, and José Ángel Sánchez. However, the meeting also highlighted some issues that victories have overshadowed, such as the team’s tendency to concede early goals and having to stage frequent comebacks.
Team Strength and Weaknesses
Ancelotti has always defended his team’s potential, but he was in favor of bringing in Kane to replace Benzema. Injuries have exposed the team’s weaknesses in attack and defense: on the wings, the center of the defense, and the efficiency of the attack. Thanks to Bellingham’s six goals in seven games, Madrid has been able to win their games. Joselu, Valverde, Kroos, Rodrygo, and Vini are the other scorers. Vini’s return is crucial, and he is expected to play against Las Palmas, which should improve the team. Only time will tell if these changes will be enough.
The Road Ahead
Despite the challenges, Ancelotti remains steadfast in his commitment to Real Madrid, dispelling rumors of his departure. His focus is on seeing out his contract with the club until 2024, regardless of speculation. The journey ahead is fraught with challenges and expectations, but Ancelotti’s calm demeanor and strategic acumen are sure to serve as guiding lights in Real Madrid’s quest for future triumphs.
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