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Ancelotti not happy with Real Madrid stars’ ‘lack of attitude’ in recent La Liga matches – report
Over the past few week or so, it has almost appeared as if Real Madrid had already thrown in the towel when it came to the La Liga title race.
Having allowed Barcelona to establish a substantial lead, the reigning Spanish champions put in subpar performances against the likes of Girona and Real Sociedad while they had also succumbed to a disappointing defeat against Villarreal last month.
Now, according to journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, there has been no drop in physical/fitness levels in the Real Madrid squad and the recent losses in La Liga are being attributed to the team’s lack of focus in the competition.
Indeed, as per the report, it is claimed that the Merengues seem to have taken their eyes off the ball and become disconnected in La Liga, instead putting their focus on the upcoming Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League matches. There is also a sense that the players held themselves back in order to avoid injuries for the upcoming games.
This has seemingly not gone down too well with manager Carlo Ancelotti as the performance and the attitude of his players have left the door open for criticism ahead of the most important fixtures of the season against Osasuna and Manchester City.
Some club officials are also said to have been angered by how the team performed against Girona and Real Sociedad. And even though winning the cup and the Champions League would resolve everything, the losses are believed to have damaged Ancelotti’s image to an extent.
Within the offices, there is some anger directed towards the Italian tactician as well, with his management being questioned at this juncture of the season, giving way to speculation over his continuity at the club beyond this season.
There is a feeling that Ancelotti did not do enough to motivate the players for the league games. Furthermore, some believe that he should have turned to players who are not starters and Castilla youngsters for these matches.
The manager has reportedly reproached the players for their ‘disconnection and lack of attitude’ at times. He is hurt by these defeats as it leaves him with an image of not having known to handle his squad well enough.
As such, the players are understood to be aware that their displays in the recent league matches have not been good enough and that they have let down their manager. And they are now prepared to give it their all in the three ‘finals’ that Real Madrid play in the next two weeks.
Real Madrid play Osasuna on May 6 in the Copa del Rey final before taking on Manchester City three days later in the first leg of the UCL semis at the Bernabeu. A week later, they travel to the Etihad for the second leg.
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Real Madrid youngster impresses Ancelotti, Kroos, and Messi in training – report
Real Madrid have a host of talent coming through their youth setup, with the likes of Sergio Arribas, Vinicius Tobias, and Nico Paz impressing the club through their performances with Real Madrid Castilla.
Paz, especially, has been touted as one of the biggest talents coming through the Madrid academy. He is considered ‘the’ talent from the youth setup, with a lot of expectations around him.
A midfielder by trade, Paz has seemingly impressed two of the biggest names in world football, according to MARCA.
One of them is Toni Kroos, who has watched Paz closely during training with the senior team. The German complimented him, as well, saying, “This boy should train with us every day because he is terrific.”
He has also seemingly created an impression on none other than Lionel Messi, while the two were training with Argentina together.
Carlo Ancelotti has also joined the praise parade for Paz, “He has projections to play in the first team. He is doing very well with Arbeloa and the times he was used by Raúl he has also done very well at Castilla.”
Paz has already been included in the squad list for two games so far this season, and will continue to train with Real Madrid’s senior squad. He is also expected to be a part of los blancos’ pre-season tour, after which he could get minutes next season.
Real Madrid have renewed the Argentine’s contract up until 2027, as they wanted to lock him down quickly for the long-term. There, is however, a chance he could leave Madrid on lock next season to get minutes with a senior division side.