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Ancelotti talks Barcelona, Benzema, Ceballos, Super Cup following Real Madrid 2-0 Juventus

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Real Madrid continue to steamroll through the pre-season, registering yet another win. They beat Juventus 2-0 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio took home the exploits, and Carlo Ancelotti, for one, was delighted with the performance.

And why will he not be, he started his strongest XI against Juve, with the iconic trio of Luka Modric, Casemiro, and Toni Kroos in midfield. They dictated play and were largely the reason Madrid looked so comfortable in possession.

Ancelotti did not forget to shower praise on them following the game, saying, “I call Casemiro, Kroos, and Modric ‘the Bermuda Triangle’. The ball disappears there.”

“It was a good match, we played well. We finished the pre-season well, respected the pan, and those who played the first half are the players who are used to playing together,” he added.

Of course, no Madrid game in the last couple of seasons has gone by without some much-due appreciation for Karim Benzema.

“Benzema is the best. He’s doing everything right without a doubt,” Ancelotti said about the Frenchman.

There is a strong chance Ancelotti will use the same lineup he used today vs Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup on 10th August. When asked about the same, he replied:

“There are no secrets in football, sometimes I have my doubts because I have to evaluate other options. This squad is good, but it is not certain that these players will play the Super Cup. We have a week, we will assess.”

Barcelona have built a strong team this summer and ready to go head-to-head with Ancelotti following Madrid’s league-UCL double.

Speaking about Barcelona’s transfer window, Ancelotti said, “I don’t ignore anything in football. Barcelona have made a great team, but my focus is on my team. Barcelona must always be respected.”

Dani Ceballos’ decision to continue with Real Madrid is a bit surprising, especially considering Aurelien Tchouameni’s signing. However, the Madrid coach seems fond of the player, and praised him for his recent displays.

“Ceballos is doing a good job, we are happy to see him like this. He had a lot of problems last season.”

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Real Madrid to start pre-season today with only seven first-team members

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Today, according to a report from MARCA, only seven first-team players from Real Madrid’s first team will be returning to training at Valdebebas.

These players are Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Jesus Vallejo, Fran Garcia, Dani Ceballos, and Brahim Diaz.

Real Madrid and their manager, Carlo Ancelotti, are gearing up for what could be their most demanding season ever. 

With seven major titles on the line, including the European Super Cup, La Liga, the Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup, they are set to play a staggering 68 games across all competitions over the next 11 months.

However, before diving into these intense competitions, the team will embark on a pre-season tour in the United States, where they will play three friendly matches against Milan on July 31, Barcelona on August 4, and Chelsea on August 7.

Limited firearms in the arsenal

Currently, however, only a few players have returned to training, while the rest are still enjoying their vacations following their extended participation in the European Championship and Copa America.

For those who are at the club, the challenge begins today at Real Madrid City, starting with medical tests in the morning and the first training session in the afternoon. 

Carlo Ancelotti will have only seven first-team members in the training today. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Ancelotti will initially have a limited squad due to the absence of international players, who will join the team gradually after their holidays. 

For now, the seven players who have returned will train alongside Castilla players, who are also starting their training today to help fill out the first team sessions. 

Need for new signings

Ancelotti’s current squad consists of 22 players, including two goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders, and five forwards. 

This season will see significant changes, with the departure of legends like Toni Kroos and Nacho, as well as Joselu, one of the heroes from their last Champions League campaign.

On the positive side, the squad will be boosted by the arrival of superstar Kylian Mbappe and promising young talent Endrick. Kepa Arrizabalaga is also absent, but his return is still possible, depending on the situation with Lunin, whose future with the club remains uncertain. 

Additionally, the continuity of Dani Ceballos is in question, and Real Madrid is working on signing Leny Yoro to strengthen their defence.

As the summer progresses, these moves will help finalize the squad that Ancelotti will rely on to tackle the daunting task of competing for seven major titles. 

The preparation and integration of new and returning players will be crucial for Real Madrid as they aim to make history in the upcoming season.

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