Real Madrid claims to take no new signings on the day of the deadline.
Many coaches are on the brink of a nervous breakdown before the summer transfer window ends, but Carlo Ancelotti has already done his homework and is calm at Real Madrid. Even the slightest doubt about the future of Eden Hazard or Marco Asensio doesn’t seem to bother him.
There is no possibility of leaving Jesús Vallejo, Alvaro Odriozola or Mariano Diaz. In fact, from a sporting point of view, he didn’t mind Casemiro’s departure.
Ancelotti believes Real Madrid’s job is done in the transfer market and they have enough players to contend for all five titles.
It is highly unlikely to happen, but the manager should be able to keep his cool even if some of the above five players leave. The explanation is simple. He thinks he has 18 players who are worth 21. In other words, he has a versatile footballer who can play in other positions if needed.
With not much room for doubt here, Thibaut Courtois is the undisputed starter and Andriy Lunin is the second-choice goalkeeper.
The seven trusted defenders of the coach include Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho Fernandez and Ferland Mendy.
Carvajal and Lucas are his men, but Nacho and Rudiger can intervene if necessary. The same goes for the other side. Mendy is the front-runner at left-back, but Alaba and Rudiger have played understudy for Nacho before.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, has four top-tier center defenders, with Mendy and Academy graduate Rafa Marin being other options. That means Ancelotti won’t lose his sleep in the face of possible departures from Vallejo and Odriozola.
Real Madrid has six midfielders that Ancelotti trusts. The Italian manager can count on Aurelien Tchouameni, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga, Fede his Valverde and Dani Ceballos.
Considering Ancelotti prefers a 4-3-3 formation, Real Madrid has two players for each position. Alaba, on the other hand, could also emerge as a defensive midfielder. This means that Real Madrid will not need an additional midfielder after Casemiro’s departure.
Even if Hazard, Asensio and Mariano all leave Los Blancos, Ancelotti will have Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr., Valverde and Rodrigo Goes up front.
Vasquez was also able to perform well in his natural position before turning to full-back. Other contingencies could be solved by changing the system to his 4-4-2 and adding an extra midfielder.