Real Madrid have lots of different options for next season

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Real Madrid have made three big signings so far this summer, and there is expected to be a shakeup in the starting lineup at the Bernabeu.

Here are some possible line ups that Carlo Ancelotti will be able to use during the 2014/14 campaign, not including those players expected to leave the club....


GK: Keylor Navas

DEF: Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Rafael Varane (Pepe), Marcelo

MID: Xabi Alonso, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric

FW: Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale

Bench: James Rodriguez (sub for Modric/Kroos), Jesé Rodriguez, Arbeloa, Pepe, Casillas/Diego Lopez, Coentrao, Illaramendi, Nacho.

This line-up allows Ancelotti to keep his set up from last season alive, as well as to inject new passing talent into the team (Kroos). Varane is expected to start over Pepe because of his solid World Cup displays leading the French backline.

Rodriguez will not be too excited to start from the bench, but I think that he may be used as a very expensive super sub in this set-up, allowing Ancelotti to take off Kroos/Modric in the second half to create some more forward thrust. Navas is expected to be the starting goalkeeper next season and Carvajal should cement his place over Arbeloa.

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GK: Navas

DEF: Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo

MID(2): Xabi Alonso, Toni Kroos

MID(3): Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale

FW: Karim Benzema

This formation would cause Madrid to revert back to the Jose Mourinho days, using two holding midfielders. It is obviously a more defensive formation, with more weight placed on using counter attacks via speedy winger. Rodriguez would use his killer final pass to play through balls for Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema to run onto.


GK: Keylor Navas

DEF: Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo

MID: Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale

FW: Karim Benzema

Using the 4-5-1 would be effective to clog up the midfield. Opposing teams would have a difficult time creating counter attacks due to the amount of bodies in the middle of the field.

This line up sees Toni Kroos replace Xabi Alonso, which means that the defensive work rate of everyone in the midfield would have to improve. Without having a designated holding midfielder, the trio of Kroos, Rodriguez and Modric would need to close down attacks quickly.

Kroos' excellent use of the long ball, as well as his incredible long-range shooting ability, allows him to play further back and distribute the ball. He may be more effective at this than Alonso, who has been slowing down over the years.

Dream team 4-3-3

This is what an ideal Real Madrid team for next season would look like (in my opinion)"

GK: Keylor Navas

DEF: Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo

MID: Toni Kroos, James Rodiguez, Angel Di Maria

FW: Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao, Gareth Bale

Bench: Xabi Alonso, Jesé, Arbeloa, Luka Modric, Casillas/Lopez, Benzema, Pepe, Coentrao, Nacho

Now this may be a stretch of course, but a team like this would be unstoppable in my opinion. Real Madrid would boast the strongest midfield and forward lines in the world, supplemented with a solid defence and a 'keeper in incredible form. This line-up would win it all, but the acquisition of Falcao and the retainment of Di Maria both seem unlikely.

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