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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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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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