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In the aftermath of Real Madrid’s disappointing defeat to FC Barcelona in the finals of the Spanish Super Cup, there is a serious concern among the fans about the team’s drastic dip in form witnessed over the past few months.
At the same time, there are also question marks about the depth, or lack thereof, in the squad in certain positions. With Karim Benzema struggling with injuries, Real Madrid have no natural backup for him in the No. 9 role while Ferland Mendy is the solitary left-back at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal.
Reports earlier today suggested that the manager, who publicly maintains that he does not want any new players, had privately asked the club to sign a new striker and a full-back, only for it to be shot down by Los Blancos.
Building on that, AS (h/t Madrid Xtra) is now reporting that Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has told the coaching staff to make the most of the current squad and utilise Castilla players instead of requesting new signings.
It must be noted that Ancelotti has pretty much frozen out the likes of Alvaro Odriozola, Mariano Diaz, Jesus Vallejo, and Eden Hazard this season and hardly counts on the quartet.
At the same time, the Italian has also been very reluctant to bring up players from the Castilla setup even though there are several prospects making a strong impression.
Sergio Arribas, for one, has been a bright spark for Raul Gonzalez’s side and has been knocking on the first-team door for a while now.
Vinicius Tobias is another player who could provide fresh legs in the right-back department, especially with Dani Carvajal struggling to perform at his best level, as was witnessed last night when he was outclassed by Barcelona’s 19-year-old left-back Alejandro Balde.
What seems to be clear is that Real Madrid will not be rushed into making panic buys in the January transfer window. So, it will be up to Ancelotti to make the most of the resources at his disposal and utilise the talent coming through the Castilla ranks more effectively.
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Last night, Real Madrid were completely outplayed as Barcelona beat them 3-1 to win the Spanish Super Cup. Carlo Ancelotti’s men looked devoid of any intensity and ideas in Riyadh and naturally, concerns are growing within the fanbase after the lackadaisical performance.
While reports suggest that Real Madrid are calm over the situation and retain total confidence in the manager and the players, a report for MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra) claims that the Merengues are growing concerned over the performances of Dani Carvajal.
The 31-year-old right-back has been a permanent fixture in the right-back slot for years at Real Madrid, but has had fitness issues over the past couple of seasons.
While the Spanish international started the new season without any fitness problems but the injuries have started to crop up again and it has clearly affected his performances.
Last night, the veteran right-back was outclassed by a teenager in Alejandro Balde, who, along with Gavi, ran rings around Carvajal with utmost ease.
The Real Madrid right-back had just returned from an injury, having missed the Villarreal encounter due to a muscle overload. Whether he was rushed back into action or not, the Spaniard’s performance was a matter of concern.
Meanwhile, his understudy, Lucas Vazquez, is not even a natural right-back. While he may have done the job when needed, the winger-turned-defender might not be the solution for big games. Furthermore, he is also currently out with an injury.
So, it goes without saying that Real Madrid will have to bring in a new right-back come summer or at least consider making the signing of Vinicius Tobias permanent. The youngster has done well for Castilla, but Ancelotti continues to overlook the young Brazilian.
With Vazquez’s injury and Carvajal’s form, Tobias could get a chance in the coming weeks and it will be interesting to see whether the youngster is given a shot in the senior team.
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