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Ancelotti confident Real Madrid will bounce back after Sociedad loss: “We’ll see a different team”

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Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat against Real Sociedad appears to have sealed the La Liga title race in Spain. Barcelona are now just one win away from taking home the trophy and it is safe to say that Los Blancos’ run in the competition has been dismal.

The Merengues did not look remotely close to defending champions on the night. Takefusa Kubo opened the scoring by capitalising on an Eder Militao error and Dani Carvajal’s red card at the hour mark only helped the hosts’ case. In the end, Ander Barrenetxea sealed the game for La Real with a second goal.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after his team’s defeat on the night and addressed several topics of concern that headlined the result. Here are the snippets from his press conference.

Reflecting on his team’s defeat to the Basque side, the Real Madrid manager revealed that he was happy with how the first half unfolded and explained how it all fell apart.

“The first half was good, but then we handed them the first goal and from then on it became more difficult. The low block worked, but in the second half we got off to a poor start, by giving away the first goal,” he said.

Despite facing two losses in their last three games, Ancelotti was confident of his men bringing out their best version in the crucial fixtures to come. He also added a note on the mentality in the dressing room, saying:

“I’m confident we’ll see a different team in the next two games, with the utmost focus and motivation. A squad that is practically 100 per cent ready to win the Copa del Rey and fight to reach the Champions League final. Of course, motivation is not like a light, but this team is quite special in this regard.”

Real Madrid have been without some of their best players in recent games including Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde, and Luka Modric. To rub salt in the wound, Marco Asensio was taken off injured on the night but Ancelotti was confident that most players would be available at the weekend, as he said:

“There were some knocks, because it was an intense match with a lot of heavy tackles. Nothing special. We’ll have most of the players back for Saturday’s game. Mendy won’t be playing, but the rest, more or less, will all recover. Valverde, Benzema and all those who were at home today will be available.”

The Italian tactician went on to highlight how it was far from ideal to enter the Copa del Rey final on the back of a defeat but ironically called the upcoming clash one of the reasons for the collapse at Reale Arena.

“It’s not the best way to get ready for the match because a defeat always hurts, it worries you and hits the morale and the positive dynamic a bit,” he said.

“It’s not ideal for us in terms of preparation for what we have to come but it’s pretty clear that the players’ minds are thinking ahead to Saturday’s final and the semi-final as well. That impacts your concentration in games and when your focus is not there, you end up gifting goals.”

Providing an update on Luka Modric’s injury, Ancelotti had only positive news and even gave an update on his participation against Osasuna, saying:

“He trained today, he’s feeling good, we’ll reassess him in the coming days. We won’t take any risks but he is recovering really well and I think he has a chance of playing.”

Finally, Ancelotti gave his two cents on his general feelings towards his team’s up-and-down form in recent weeks, saying,

“In recent times, we’ve lost a bit of consistency in La Liga and our levels have really dropped. Fortunately, we’re still in two competitions and let’s hope they help us to fix the end of our season.”

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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