Benzema’s departure to Saudi Arabia has left a gap that is difficult to fill. In the last 5 seasons, the French striker has been the club’s top goalscorer, with an impressive record: the highest is 44 goals in the 2021/22 season and the lowest is 27 goals in the 2019/20 season.
In addition to Benzema, Marco Asensio is also on his way to PSG. Although not the main factor in attack, Asensio also regularly contributed 12 goals per season in the last 2 seasons. Real Madrid’s biggest problem at the moment is finding some 9-class replacements for Benzema. The Bernabeu team once pursued Harry Kane and Kai Havertz, but eventually brought Joselu from Espanyol on loan. The 33-year-old striker has just had a convincing season with 16 goals in La Liga, but certainly cannot shoulder the responsibility on the attack.
Vinicius is the brightest star on Real Madrid’s attack after Benzema’s departure. However, the Brazilian is more suited to the role of a winger than a centre-forward. Countryman Rodrygo is also a similar case. It can be said that the Benzema problem still has no solution at this time. Will Real Madrid be able to recruit a top striker, will Vinicius be pulled in instead of Benzema, or coach Carlo Ancelotti will put his faith in rookie Joselu? If you can’t find a striker who can score 30 goals, Real Madrid won’t dream of competing for the title next season.
In midfield, Jude Bellingham is a desirable reinforcement. But how to arrange to make the most of the large midfield is not easy. In the hands of Ancelotti is the experienced duo Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, and the talented young trio of Bellingham, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga. There will be only 3 main kick positions in the 4-3-3 formation. The Italian coach needs a balance between experience and youth in a system that can maximize the ability of rookie Bellingham.
Ancelotti will enter his final season at Real Madrid before returning to Brazil. His biggest task is to reclaim the La Liga title after a bad season with 10 points less than Barcelona. Challenges but also opportunities when Ancelotti is in the hands of a team of quality and depth. Despite owning a record of 14 Champions League titles, Real Madrid has never won the historic treble, which Barcelona, Man City, Bayern, Inter and MU have ever done. Is the 2023/24 season an opportunity for Ancelotti and his students to win the first treble in the club’s history?
Ancelotti before the opportunity to surpass Zidane
In the history of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti is the third most successful coach with a total of 10 titles, behind only Zinedine Zidane (11) and the legendary Miguel Munoz (14). Ancelotti needs a brace next season to overtake Zidane, and a treble to equal Munoz’s record.