Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is optimistic about Antonio Rudiger’s swift recovery from a thigh injury sustained in the recent 2-0 victory against Getafe. Despite Ancelotti’s belief in Rudiger’s resilience, contingency plans have been devised in case the defender’s injury proves to be more severe.
With Eder Militao and David Alaba still recovering from ACL injuries, Ancelotti’s plan includes the possibility of shifting right-back Dani Carvajal to the central defense alongside Nacho Fernandez. This tactical adjustment is considered despite expectations that Atletico will employ a strategy of long and aerial attacks against Madrid.
In the event that Carvajal is unavailable, alternatives such as deploying left-back Ferland Mendy or midfielder Eduardo Camavinga as makeshift centre-backs are being considered.
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Ancelotti, while acknowledging Rudiger’s warrior spirit, emphasized that the injury is not deemed too serious, stating, “I think Rudiger can recover; he has a strong blow, and we will see how he is in the next few days. It is not certain that he will play.” Despite the uncertainty, Ancelotti expressed confidence in Rudiger’s potential return for the upcoming derby against Atletico.
As Real Madrid prepares to face Atletico on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu, a victory would extend their lead at the top of La Liga by 13 points over their rivals. Additionally, they could further solidify their position if title contenders Girona falter against Real Sociedad over the weekend, potentially creating a five-point gap at the summit.