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.”
Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report
According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.
It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.
Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.
At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after
Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights.
As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.
How can Real Madrid pull this off?
As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.
At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.
Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.
Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.