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Real Madrid’s struggles: Consequences of a lean forward lineup and the dilemma of youth integration




Los Blancos appears reluctant to acknowledge a potential flaw in its planning, relying on just three forwards.

This deficiency has been exacerbated by injuries, leaving the team with only two available strikers, Rodrygo and Joselu, following Vinicius’s injury.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti faces a challenging situation, seemingly lacking confidence in the young talents from the academy to fill these gaps.

The decision not to make signings in January has significant implications, particularly for Ancelotti, whose chances of winning titles seem diminished. Furthermore, this could impact his contract renewal prospects.

Starting the season with a squad of 23 players, early injuries to Courtois and Militao, along with Arda Güler’s persistent injury, have left the team with only 20 players available, including 19 outfield players.

This tight maneuvering space has led to physical issues for key players due to the strain of minutes played. The club insists on not reinforcing the squad in January, arguing that the academy can provide solutions if needed.

Even Castilla’s coach, Raúl, supports this idea. However, statistics reveal that Ancelotti has utilized ‘La Fábrica’s’ young talents sparingly during his tenure.

Real Madrid’s stance on waiting until after the season to make signings could result in a significant investment, such as the potential acquisition of Mbappé, potentially upsetting the wage structure in the locker room.

Meanwhile, the academy remains an unfulfilled promise in terms of providing immediate solutions to the team. The delicate balance between immediate needs and long-term planning poses a considerable challenge for the club.

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