Manuel Pellegrini Left With Real Formation Dilemma

Joshua NekanContributor IJune 27, 2009

CASTELLO DE LA PLANA, SPAIN - APRIL 04:  Villarreal Manager Manuel Pellegrini sits in the dug-out before the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Villarreal and Inter Milan at the Madrigal stadium on April 4, 2006 in Castello de la Plana, Spain  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul Albiol have all joined Madrid and if the buzz around these signings is anything to go, by then it's safe to say the Bernabeu faithful are having sweets dreams.

One person who I cannot guarantee is having any easy time now is new coach Manuel Pellegrini.

Believe me he is the one soul right now having a nightmare. To be honest he doesn't seem to be the one calling the shots at Madrid as Florentino Perez and Jorge Valdano have clearly shown that his contributions in the transfer market will not appreciated and he rather spend his time wisely thinking of how to keep all the arriving egos in check.

At what kind of a club does the club president and his vice get to pick the team not the manager? Nope, it's not Manchester United, it's not AC Milan. Yes, it's our beloved Real Madrid.

Is that the right way to go? Well, that's a story for another time.

So while we're all dreaming of whom Perez is signing next Pellegrini is scratching his head and his hair is getting greyer and whiter on what formation he's going to implement next season. As earlier pointed out, since Pellegrini isin't building the team himself it makes this task ever more difficult.

4-4-2, perhaps 4-3-3, 4-5-1 would be better no? Honestly it is going to be tricky finding the perfect formation as the available players have to be taken into consideration.

Pellegrini has already stated that the standard 4-4-2 is his preferred choice but will that still be possible with Kaka in the picture? Well the problem with this formation is the midfield with Ronaldo playing on the right flank and Lassana Diarra occupying one of the centre midfield spots, the only available spots are the other available CM position and the left flank.

At this moment I am unaware on how effective Kaka will be if he plays as a centre midfielder instead of his usual advanced free-role attacking midfielder position. I am not saying he can't succeed at that position, Iam just wondering if Madrid will be getting the full worth of their 65 million euro man.

The other option is to play the 4-4-2 but line the midfield up in a diamond formation with Kaka playing in his usual role attacking midfield role but this leaves Diarra shouldering all the running around and defending for the midfield.

Maybe 4-3-3 will be better. I hope he is not thinking about this as this will only give him more headaches. 4-5-1 is another option I doubt he will be allowed to play with this formation even if he considers it as Real Madrid are always known to play with two strikers.

But if he is then behind the striker three attacking midfielders will be deployed Ronaldo on the right Kaka in the centre and Robben or whoever they are bringing in on the left and two centre midfield as long as he doesn't field the two Diarras at the same time. Hint Diarra and Emerson hence a certain Capello's sacking.

Since I am not a tactical genius i have no idea what Pellegrini will pick as his No. 1 formation. At least he has the whole pre-season to figure this out.

I would like to know what you all think his best options are.