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Ancelotti comments on Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid: “Doubtful offside”



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Real Madrid fell to a 2-1 defeat in Catalonia on Sunday night and in the process lost their third successive Clasico of the season.

It was the Galacticos that took the early lead on the night through a Ronald Araujo own goal forced by Vincius’ trickery. Barcelona stole level in the final minute of the first half and scored the eventual winner in the final minute of regulation time.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after his team’s defeat and addressed a plethora of topics from his substitutions to the league race. Here are the snippets from his post-match press conference.

The Real Madrid manager began his interview with a brief summary of the game that unfolded at Spotify Camp Nou and asserted that his men left the stadium with good feelings despite the result.

“We played a good game, we deserved to win. There remains the question of the goal that was disallowed. We were convinced that the game was won. We leave this game with the confidence that we can finish the season well.”

Ancelotti’s side took an early lead against Barcelona and has a potential winner from Marco Asensio disallowed late on in the game. The coach lauded his men for their effort on the night saying,

“We are hurt and sad but proud of the game we played.”

Real Madrid sit twelve points behind Barcelona after the defeat in El Clasico. The Italian tactician refused to accept that the result against Xavi’s men cost them the title race and elaborated on the real factors that widened their gap with the Catalans.

“Our form in the month of January cost us.”

It is rare for Ancelotti to make early substitutions in a game. For him to make five changes before the 80th minute is almost unheard of. The manager commented on his pitchside decisions against Barcelona saying,

“Making 5 changes in the 60th minute seems strange to me but I did it to change the game. I two changes in the last 15 minutes to introduce something else. The match was good from the first minute to the last.”

Marco Asensio’s goal against Barcelona could have potentially sealed a win for Real Madrid and would have completely changed the texture of the league race. Los Blancos’ coach stressed that he was not convinced of the offside call to disallow the goal.

“We didn’t win because there was an offside we still have doubts about. At the World Cup offsides were very clear, but here I still have doubts.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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