Kylian Mbappé to Real Madrid: Where does the forward fit into Carlo Ancelotti’s star-studded attack? | football news

Jude Bellingham brought in Vinicius Jr to score and Real Madrid’s pair of key forwards did it. A Champions League trophy delivered without a recognized, world-class number 9 in the team.

All the talk before, during and after Saturday’s win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley revolved around how Carlo Ancelotti has planned another Real Madrid success after losing Karim Benzema last summer to Saudi Arabia. Now there is talk of how another French striker can take them to another level.

Kylian Mbappé will arrive at Real Madrid after having snubbed the Spanish giants three times. Once after a trial with the Real reserve team, then twice to favor PSG in 2017 and 2022. Now he will arrive at the Bernabéu when his new team needs him most.

“The only thing we’re missing is that clinical nine,” Bellingham said after Saturday’s Champions League final.

“If he came in and gave us that, we’d be in a great place to go and take us to another level. One of the best players in the world!”

Real Madrid will now have their world-class number 9, possibly one of the best there is. The problem is, what happens to players like Vinicius and Bellingham after their heroics not only at Wembley, but throughout the entire season?

Ancelotti reacted to the loss of Benzema not by replacing him directly, but by adopting a 4-3-1-2 formation, using Vinicius and Rodrygo as “split forwards” who adopt wide areas, allowing new signing Bellingham to venture into a free role behind. them at the tip of a diamond in midfield.

It’s a hat-trick that won’t be split in terms of transfer sales. Vinicius and Bellingham, with 24 and 23 goals respectively this season, were the two most important players for Real this season. Rodrygo, despite rumors linking him with a departure, has promised to stay in the Spanish capital next season.

But Mbappé is now set to be the jewel in Real’s shining crown, following his 256 goals in 308 games in the French capital. However, how is it possible for PSG’s former number 7 to become Real Madrid’s main man, without taking anything away from Real’s current number 7, Vinicius, who is arguably one of the best players in the world?

A problem could arise given that Mbappé and Vinicius played in the same position this season, and the Brazilian is not going to budge.

“Vinicius has really made the left wing his own. That’s his best position,” said Spanish soccer journalist Semra Hunter. Sky Sports News.

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The heat map of Mbappé and Vinicius in the Champions League this season

“Let’s work under the premise that Ancelotti will continue with a 4-4-2 next season, with Jude Bellingham at the top of the midfield.

“That means Vinicius and Mbappé can start in a double attack, as Vinicius and Rodrygo have been doing this season.”

Replacing Rodrygo will not be an easy decision for Ancelotti, given the Brazilian striker’s key role in Real’s recent Champions League successes.

The Italian coach would omit the player who scored in both legs of this season’s quarter-final victory over Manchester City, a victory that almost caused Real Madrid to lose the Champions League. And will Mbappé accept Rodrygo’s current role as ‘right forward’ to accommodate Vinicius?

There is an argument that Rodrygo barely plays on the right wing, despite being the ‘right forward’. Two seasons ago, Ancelotti said the 23-year-old has “a lot of potential as a centre-forward or second striker”, implying his role in Real’s 4-3-1-2 is as central as it gets, making him perfect for Mbappé, who always preferred the nine position to the wing position at PSG.

Or could the four (Mbappé, Vinicius, Rodrygo and Bellingham) play together in Ancelotti’s ultra-offensive plan? He adopted a 4-3-3 formation at Real Madrid for years before Benzema left, so it wouldn’t be a strange move.

“Rodrygo is more tactically flexible: he can play on the right, on the left or as a number 10,” Hunter added.

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Spanish football journalist Semra Hunter explains how Kylian Mbappé could fit into the Real Madrid lineup ahead of his expected summer signing.

“I could play 4-3-3, with Mbappé in the middle and Vinicius and Rodrygo on the wings. But that would mean I would have to sacrifice a midfielder and they are so stacked in that area. I don’t see that happening too.” often.”

Mbappé is not the only newcomer to Real this summer, Brazilian star Endrick is also another dazzling option in the ranks. Given the 17-year-old’s heroics to date for club and country, don’t be surprised if he has something to say in this debate.

But the teenager will develop at his own pace as the world watches Mbappé. He is the man that Real Madrid is bringing in to dominate Europe.

And if they win the Champions League without him, what are the Spanish giants going to achieve with him?

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