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Ancelotti set a challenge for Real Madrid players before Las Palmas win – report

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Real Madrid aren’t enjoying a great run of form of late. After their 2-4 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in Copa del Rey, they have largely struggled against the likes of Almeria and Las Palmas and in order to bring the team back on track, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a challenge for the team.

Between January 27 and February 10, Real Madrid have four matches to play, one of which has already been played.

Now, for these matches, Ancelotti decided to challenge his players to achieve the perfect score (12 points) against Las Palmas, Getafe, Atletico Madrid, and Girona, reports MARCA.

Tough times ahead for Real Madrid

Following their 2-1 win over Las Palmas, Getafe, Atletico Madrid, and Girona are the next opponents for Real Madrid.

For what it is worth, the Las Palmas game showed that there were two very different Real Madrid teams during the match – one in the first hour and another in the last thirty minutes.

Factors like intensity, players, and the good performance of García Pimienta’s team raised questions about making changes and rotations.

Carlo Ancelotti has challenged the Real Madrid players. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Because of this, Ancelotti is unlikely to make many changes for the upcoming matches against Madrid teams. He sees the Getafe match as one of the toughest remaining in the season.

Ancelotti has a lot of respect for Getafe and their coach, especially since he has experienced a loss to them before.

Ancelotti trusts his players

Ancelotti still believes that all his players are helping in their own ways, but he’s starting to clarify everyone’s roles as the crucial part of the season gets closer. 

In the upcoming match against Getafe, they’re expecting a tough and dedicated game to earn three points. They want to start strong and maintain high intensity from the beginning, so they don’t have to rush in the final minutes. 

The Real Madrid coaching staff is confident that the team is ready to step up when needed, learning from past situations like the game against Las Palmas where they had to fix things in the last hour.

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Real Madrid captain drops future hint – ‘Sometimes circumstances aren’t right to be a one-club man’

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Real Madrid are just days away from their highly anticipated Champions League final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Once the final has been played, planning for the summer transfer window will be in full swing, with the topic of arrivals and departures likely to be discussed.

One of the players facing an uncertain future is Nacho Fernandez. The Real Madrid captain has yet to disclose his future ambitions, despite nearing the end of his contract.

Nacho opens up about future

While he previously claimed that he had already made his decision, a shift in tone can be observed now, with Nacho asserting that he will soon sit with the club and his family to evaluate the best course of action

For now, the 34-year-old remains focused on the Champions League final and does not wish to draw any unnecessary attention.

“Future? The focus is on the final now. After that, I will sit with the club, Ancelotti and my family and I’ll decide what’s the best thing for me,” he told El Chiringuito.

On his way out? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Fernandez acknowledges the fans’ support

Additionally, the veteran centre-back claimed that he does need a grand farewell to know how much the Madrid faithful appreciate him.

“That love the fans have for Toni is the same they have for me. I don’t need a farewell to know the fans love me,” he reflected.

Nacho has devoted his entire career to Real Madrid, rising through the ranks from the youth academy and spending over two decades with the Merengues.

However, he has alluded to the possibility of perhaps donning the colours of a different jersey.

“Sometimes the circumstances are not right to be a ‘one club man’,” he cryptically claimed.

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