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Ancelotti apologised to Real Madrid youngster after substitution incident vs Sevilla – report

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According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has apologised to youngster Arda Guler after last night’s substitution incident against Sevilla.

When Real Madrid played host to Sevilla, Los Blancos were desperately trying to find a breakthrough and amidst that, Ancelotti decided to introduce Guler, but his decision quickly changed soon after Luka Modric scored.

The 19-year-old wonderkid was close to come onto the pitch and was receiving instructions from the coaches, before being asked to sit back on the bench.

Why was Guler sent back?

Just as the former Fenerbahce midfielder was gearing up to enter the field, Modric scored from the edge of the area to put Real Madrid in lead.

In response, the manager called an impromptu discussion with one of his assistants, conveying a sense of calm through various gestures, signalling a decision to delay the planned substitutions.

Arda Guler was asked to go back to bench against Sevilla. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Having overcome the challenge of breaking through Sevilla’s defence, the coach opted to bring in a player with the ability to control the possession and provide some solidity on the field.

Eventually, Dani Ceballos was called into action and Guler was ordered to go back to the bench. Explaining his decision after the game, Ancelotti explained that before Modric’s goal, he had some plans for Guler but all that changed after his side went a goal up.

“I had a thought before the goal and I changed my mind after the goal and I preferred to bring on a more defensive player such as Ceballos. I think he understands it very well and if he doesn’t, that’s fine,” said the manager.

Guler’s presence on the field has been extremely limited this season, with only five appearances, one of which was as a starter in the Copa del Rey match against Arandina. 

His involvement in league matches has been brief, featuring in the final stages against Las Palmas, Girona and Rayo which is why he has had minimal opportunities to showcase his talents.

All this has led to speculations that he might be let go in the summer on loan and as reported before, AC Milan are said to be interested in his acquisition.

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  1. Abdu Usman Aliyu

    February 27, 2024 at 2:29 pm

    The decision was in order only that there is a lot of concern by the fan for frequent use of Dani ceballos who does not add value in anyway. However the coach knows better. In general, I like Carlo’s control of the dressing room.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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