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Ancelotti demands greater intensity from Real Madrid teenage starlet

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After a long and frustrating wait, Arda Guler finally made his debut for Real Madrid last month, coming on as a substitute in the Copa del Rey clash against Arandina.

But after that appearance, the minutes again dried down for the 18-year-old Turkish sensation. Given his injury issues during the first half of the season, it was always likely that manager Carlo Ancelotti would drip-feed minutes to him.

As such, Guler has made just three appearances for Los Blancos across all competitions, clocking up just 70 minutes of on-field action.

Ancelotti asks for more intensity from Guler

Now, it has been reported that Arda Guler is still not at his 100% fitness, which is only natural given the multiple injury setbacks he has endured.

So, it makes sense that Ancelotti would be easing him back rather than throwing him into the deep end right away.

However, MARCA is now reporting that the Real Madrid boss has asked the Turkish wonderkid to up the intensity levels in his game.

The Italian coach knows that the midfielder can be an outstanding player, especially when it comes to his technical ability and ball control. And that is why he demands and asks for more from him, especially in off-the-ball play.

Guler has made three appearances for Madrid. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

The young attacking midfielder has the potential to become an outstanding player, but in order to do so he must continue to improve aspects of his game, especially without the ball at his feet, as well as his intensity and physique.

Ancelotti wants his players to play every minute as if it were their last, to give their all on the pitch, especially the youngsters, which is what he wants to see from the former Fenerbahce starlet.

The coaching staff has asked him to display more intensity and to take a step further in the sense of putting pressure on the opposition when off the ball.

The confidence in Guler is full, but the coaches know that they still have a diamond to polish in their hands.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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