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Ancelotti talks Alaba, Rudiger, Ceballos, Asensio, Benzema following 1-0 loss vs Barcelona
Barcelona got the better of Real Madrid earlier today aided by a wonder strike from Raphinha. The Clasico may have been a friendly game, but there was no love lost between the two sides at Allegiant Arena.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was interviewed by the media after his side’s second consecutive Clasico defeat and spoke about the shortcomings, situations of specific players and a lot more.
Here are the quotes from his post-match interview as relayed by the club’s official twitter handle.
Real Madrid’s defence saw players exchanging positions throughout the game, especially at left-back. The manager was first asked about the roles of David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger on the night, to which he replied,
“The idea was for Alaba and Rüdiger to change positions during the match and they will do so.”
Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio have not been handed extensions and seem set to leave the club. Ancelotti took a neutral stance on their renewal.
“You have to ask Ceballos and Asensio if it is better for them to leave, and the club if they will be offered the renewal.”
He then confirmed Alaba’s role in the team for the coming season by saying,
“Alaba will only play left-back when necessary.”
Karim Benzema’s absence cost Los Blancos the game, for Real Madrid looked clueless in the final third against Barcelona. Ancelotti acknowledged that the Frenchman’s absence was a decisive factor.
“Benzema is back for the next game. He is the best player in the world, you can say that when he doesn’t play, we miss something.”
Ancelotti then indirectly hinted that the squad lacked depth in the forward positions by saying,
“We lacked quality in attack.”
Real Madrid faces Juventus in their next preseason game. Concerning that, the coach made a massive revelation.
“The team that will start vs Juventus, will start in the UEFA Super Cup.”
When asked about where the team fell short in El Clasico, Ancelotti pointed at two specific details- control and lack of finishing.
“I thought we defended well, but we missed something in the attack. We improved on the ball in the second half, more control.”
Finally, the manager spoke about starting a young midfield over the veteran trio and hinted that he will rely on youngsters more this season.
“It’s clear that when you bring in Casemiro, Kroos and Modrić it’s easier, but I wanted to use the youngsters. They have played very well defensively, but it was the first time they played together.”
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Real Madrid offered the chance to sign Brazilian striker, one of 4-5 names on radar
There is no secret that Real Madrid might consider a move for a new striker in the coming summer. With Karim Benzema slowly nearing the end of his career, the club are looking for a viable alternative ahead of the new season.
Carlo Ancelotti has been left impressed by the performances of Rodrygo in the centre forward position. But the club could still use the services of a more recognised option in the number nine position.
The Spanish giants are reportedly assessing La Liga for a potential low-cost option. But they are also open to looking through in other leagues, in their bid to add more depth in the attacking department.
To that end, Fabrizio Romano claims Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool star has become the latest player to be shortlisted by Los Blancos, with his current contract at Liverpool expiring at the end of the season.
Formerly of TSG Hoffenheim, Firmino has a stellar track record of performing in Europe. He has scored 110 goals in 361 competitive matches during his time at Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League title.
A centre forward by trade, Roberto is known for his tactical flexibility and the ability to shift into wider areas to build up the player.
It makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid, who would prefer a versatile striker in their ranks that can not only provide cover for Benzema but also the likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.
Real Madrid, though, are yet to hold any discussions with Roberto Firmino just yet. He has just been added to the list of targets and one would expect the Spanish giants to make a move once the season is over and the player becomes a free agent.