One of the hindering factors for Rodriguez at Real Madrid was Zidane’s chosen layout. The ‘BBC’ required a 4-3-3 formation which did not favour the Colombian’s qualities.
Ancelotti has used this formation in Munich, but he still prefers the 4-2-3-1 which James could adapt to perfectly.
The now former Madrid man will likely play behind Lewandowski, with Robben and Ribery on the flanks, and Thomas Muller the main victim of his addition to the team.
Defenders: Rafinha, Hummels, Boateng, Alaba
Midfielders: Thiago, Arturo Vidal, Robben, James, Ribery