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Ancelotti backs Real Madrid superstar to become the ‘best in the world’: “Incredibly talented”

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Ahead of the high-octane El Clasico this evening, Carlo Ancelotti has heaped praise on Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr. and has backed him to become one of the best footballers in the world in the next decade.

In an interview with DAZN Italia, the Real Madrid coach spoke highly of the Brazilian youngster’s physical abilities and technical skills.

“Vinicius is a very strong player. He is incredibly talented because, in addition to the Brazilian technique, he has extraordinary physical power. He is tireless. When he stands out the most is at the end of games because he lasts longer,” Ancelotti said.

The Italian went on to describe how Vinicius is unfairly treated in La Liga but backed him for great success. “In the Spanish environment they don’t treat him It’s totally fine, but he’s very focused on what he does. He’s very serious. I’m not saying he’ll make football history, but he’ll surely be among the best in the world in the next 10 years,” he said.

Vinicius has been the most-fouled player in La Liga this season, while the Brazilian has also been the subject of racist abuses from opposition fans.

Ancelotti also spoke about his love for Real Madrid, describing the club as a life experience. “Real Madrid is a club that has created its history after the war, winning 5 European Cups in a row and its history has been maintained over time,” he said. “Real Madrid is a life experience.”

The coach also addressed the pressure of the media, particularly in Spain. “It’s a lot of pressure, more than in Italy, especially when Real Madrid plays,” he said.

“On the radio and on television they push a lot. Patience is the greatest virtue I have, if I didn’t have it with the position I have. It’s the lifeline for me, although sometimes it may be too much,” he added.

Ancelotti’s comments come in the midst of intense speculations over his future at Real Madrid, with many expecting him to depart at the end of the season. Real Madrid are already scouting potential replacements, and have identified the likes of Raul, Xabi Alonso and even Zinedine Zidane as candidates.

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  1. Kay De

    April 6, 2023 at 5:48 am

    Surely sure, the guy is a real talent. Future balon dor winner.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona

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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Starters

Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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