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Ancelotti accepts Barcelona were better than Real Madrid in Super Cup final: “They deserved it”

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On Sunday, Real Madrid recorded their second defeat in three games across all competitions as they fell tamely to Barcelona at King Fahd Stadium in the finals of the Spanish Super Cup. What was more shocking, however, was the manner of their defeat.

Real Madrid were nowhere close to Barcelona’s level and were totally outclassed for ninety minutes. The scoreline, despite depicting a dominant win for the Catalans, is kind on Los Blancos for the game could have finished with a margin of even five goals.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after the game in a rather short press conference and highlighted the flaws in his team without blaming any individual in particular. Here are the snippets from his media interaction on Sunday night:

On what went wrong on the night: “Our mistakes have decided the game. We have not been successful in getting the ball out and they have scored two goals like that. From there the game changed. It was a bad match for everyone and there was no lack of attitude.”

On whether Real Madrid were humiliated by Barcelona: “In my head there is no talk of humiliation, that’s too much. In sports sometimes you win and other times they beat you. We have lost a game with Barcelona, ​​as we beat them in La Liga. They have played better and they have deserved it”.

On the feeling in the dressing room: “The team is hurt because they usually win finals, but we have all the resources to improve. There is no doubt that Real Madrid will always come back. 

“It is not a critical moment, but it is complicated and difficult, as usually happens during a season. Usually there are moments of difficulty and that is why we have to fix it soon with the commitment and attitude of always.”

On the lack of intensity from the team: “The team has not been very intense and not very successful. We have had 25 losses in the first half, little intensity in the one-on-one one, and we have lost many duels. It has been an incomplete match in all aspects.”

On the defensive problems: “When you concede three goals it means that you have to improve the defensive aspect. Players need to realize that these mistakes are easy to avoid. Before the errors, both teams had an opportunity to score. 

“Later, when they take the lead, they are closer to winning and it is difficult to come back, as happened to us in the league game ”.

On whether they will treat this game as a turning point: “The moment of the team is not good, but we have to hold on since this team has the quality to return and be competitive in all the competitions that lie ahead. We are very hurt because we usually win the finals, but there are still many titles in play and we will be there until the end.

On the improvements needed: “We have to raise our heads and think carefully about what we are going to do. We will be competitive and forceful again, but we must improve the defensive aspect, which is costing us more at the moment”.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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