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Madridistas, I come to you in the spirit of Madridismo. As the year draws to a close we would like to remember fondly all those dearly beloved, who passed on during the course of the year.
We would also like to express gratitude to all the MMers, including all the lurkers for making the MM experience worthwhile.
Every year is filled with ups and downs and twists and turns and 2023 was no different.
The new year will carry with it new dreams and expectations.
May you all find joy and find peace.
Carlo And The New Bernabeu
️ Ancelotti: “I would like to coach the team when they inaugurate the new Bernabéu. With this renewal I can think that the day this team plays it’s first game at the new Bernabéu I will be on the bench. This is good for me.” pic.twitter.com/oWq35zj7cN— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) December 30, 2023
There are few managers who love Real Madrid as much as Carlo does. Carlo never played for Real Madrid but his passion for the club is undeniable. I wonder if he would be seen differently if he had been an ex-player like Zizou or Del Bosque. Carlo being in the dugout at the Nuevo Bernabeu will be down to his own professional conduct and his ability to convince the higher-ups that there’s nobody better in the business.
Luka’s Last Dance?
No date set for Luka Modrić's goodbye! No one knows yet what he will do but he doesn't give up on Real Madrid. The "marriage" club-player has been working since 2012 and now it generates reasons to continue together for more years. The continuity of Carlo Ancelotti helps a… pic.twitter.com/6eStJdwxDt— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) December 31, 2023
Luka Modric’s future has been a source of speculation since the first time Carlo benched both Kroos and Modric to kick-off the season. It is rumoured that will be his last season at the Bernabeu. Carlo cannot promise Modric starter-status but he might convince the Maestro to continue as part of the dressing leadership and perhaps to encourage him to learn about management before retirement.
Whatever he decides, Luka Modric deserves a proper send-off .
Edu, Aurelien, Vini and Arda are all healthy
Camavinga is training with the team. pic.twitter.com/iYQnaNBPdN— Madrid Zone (@theMadridZone) December 31, 2023
Real Madrid have very difficult January schedule and while the game against Mallorca will not have the strongest lineup, the squad will get stronger over the month by recovering all the players with non-ACL injuries. The results in December showed Ancelotti that the squad is stronger than anticipated. There is no need to start the best XI in every single game.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Carlo Ancelotti’s renewal could signal a shift in the way Real Madrid approaches the role of the manager. The club has seldom has a focus beyond collecting silverware ASAP. In recent season, the focus on bringing young players to the club and the accompanying success could lead to a shift from short-term success to long-term stability. Silverware will obviously not be sacrificed for stability but failure to win the UCL or La Liga will no longer be treated as harshly.
The Daily Poll
Is it realistic to continue with Tchouameni as the 3rd CB?
This poll is closed
Yes. Edu and Fede can play as DMs
No. We we need 4 CBs to compete
Doesn’t matter. The squad is versatile