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Ancelotti talks Bellingham, Brahim, Rodrygo, Valverde after Real Madrid 3-2 AC Milan

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Real Madrid went two goals down quickly in the first half of their first pre-season friendly on Sunday night. Playing against AC Milan, the Merengues faced the heat but roared back to life in the second period.

A brace from Federico Valverde followed by a strong strike from Vinicius Jr helped Los Blancos pull off a comeback and start their pre-season on the right foot.

An elated Carlo Ancelotti faced the press after the team’s win in the United States and spoke about a plethora of topics including the system and Jude Bellingham. Here are the snippets from his press conference.

The manager first spoke about the debutant on the night, Jude Bellingham, and had only words of praise for the midfielder. However, Ancelotti remained critical about the specific areas where the team needed to work harder.

“I was really impressed with Bellingham. We have things we have to alter, like the way we played out from the back. We tried to play more through the middle than out wide in order to make the most of space between the lines.”

He further elaborated on the new signing’s incredible ability in the middle of the park, urging the team to adapt to his profile at the earliest. Speaking on Bellingham’s importance in the system, he said:

“Bellingham played very well and the team has to get used to his quality, which is unbelievable. His arrival into the box is hugely important for the team. I like the system but we saw a few mistakes. We didn’t play the ball out as we should have but I was pleased with the game overall.”

The topic of the English prodigy did not end there, as the coach was asked to elaborate on what made the former Borussia Dortmund star such a unique player. Commenting on the same, Ancelotti stated,

“He’s a fantastic player, very important for us because he’s a complete midfielder and he brings real pace and intensity to the game.”

“He moves extremely well without the ball and he’s different from the other midfielders we have. He makes the most of the free space and adds another dimension to this squad, which is fantastic.”

There was another young starlet who made his first appearance in a while for the club – Brahim Diaz. The Italian tactician counts on the youngster for the upcoming campaign after his two-year stint at AC Milan and had promising words about his performance.

“He came back strong. After two seasons with Milan, he has the ability to play for Real Madrid. He has quality in that position, he plays nicely between the lines and he’s another option for us. I hope we can enjoy his football all season.”

Ancelotti then elaborate on the areas he felt the squad had to improve on in the coming weeks and highlighted the cohesive pressing to be a primary front.

“We have to try and press higher up. With the diamond in the centre of the park, we press more through the middle. It’s not the greatest system from a defensive point of view but I have to adapt to the players and find a balance between defence and attack.”

Finally, the Italian gaffer made a massive revelation by stating that he would count on Rodrygo Goes as his primary striker if the team was to play in a 4-3-3 formation and outlined the other considerations taken into account.

“If we’re going to play 4-3-3, my central striker is Rodrygo, who did it brilliantly last season. On the left, we’ve got Arda Güler and Valverde. We could also play with a number 10 and a central striker, like Bellingham and Rodrygo.”

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Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano

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Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.

Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.

Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.

Real Madrid impressed by Endrick

Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.

The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.

And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.

Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.

Real Madrid happy with Endrick. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Endrick also learning new languages

Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.

The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.

As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.

Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.

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