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Ancelotti faces a four-match ban after comments against referee over Girona penalty – report

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Real Madrid’s excellent start to the league season took a hit when the reigning Spanish champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Girona.

Although the result was enough to see them get back to the top of the league table, they are now leading Barcelona only by a point.

The biggest point of contention of the match saw Marco Asensio being penalised in the 78th minute for handling the ball inside the penalty area. Girona subsequently were awarded a spot-kick, with Cristhian Stuani making no mistake in converting the opportunity.

However, Real Madrid members and staff were not happy with the situation and felt Asensio was wrongly penalised. This saw Carlo Ancelotti fuming, with the Real Madrid coach deeming the penalty as a product of referee’s invention.

But according to Diario AS, Ancelotti is facing the risk of being sanctioned for the terminology he used to refute the referee’s decision to award Real Madrid a penalty late into the game.

The report suggests Ancelotti’s words have been reported to the Competition Committee by RFEF’s Integrity Committee. They will hold a meeting in order to decide whether or not the Italian should be sanctioned.

Valencia starlet Jose Gaya was banned for a similar offence last season when the left-back directed words to a referee at a league game. He was subsequently given a four-match banned at the start of the season.

Ancelotti is facing the same situation and could be sanctioned with a similar ban, which, in turn, could be a blow for Real Madrid as they brace themselves for a crucial phase of the campaign.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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