Connect with us

Real Madrid News

Ancelotti talks Bellingham, Carvajal, Modric, Guler, Joselu ahead of Real Madrid vs Union Berlin



Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images

Real Madrid will lock horns with German newbies Union Berlin their first Group C encounter of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Having made a 100% start in La Liga, with five wins in five matches, the Merengues will be eager to carry that streak forward into European competitions and kickstart with all three points.

On the eve of the match, manager Carlo Ancelotti appeared in front of the media for his customary press conference and provided an update on the club’s injury situation as well as discussed their ambitions in Europe.

“The Champions League is special for us. We want to start the group stage well and tomorrow we have the opportunity. Our opponents are well organised, solid and convincing. We will need a lot of intensity,” he said.

“The objective is to compete until the end. We can say that without too much pressure, we can do it. The objective is to get through the group stage, round of 16 and quarter-finals.”

Just a while ago, reports emerged claiming that Dani Carvajal will miss tomorrow’s game as well as the weekend derby against Atletico Madrid due to a muscle injury.

Providing an update on the veteran right-back’s situation, Ancelotti said: “Carvajal has an overload, we prefer not to take any risks. It’s nothing serious, he’ll undergo tests tomorrow and we hope he recovers soon.”

“Carvajal can make it to the derby. The feelings are good,” he said.

Confirming who will replace him the side tomorrow, the manager stated: “Tomorrow Lucas Vázquez will play in place of Carvajal.”

The Real Madrid manager then tipped reigning European champions Manchester City as the favourites for the tournament, saying:

“Manchester City are favourites because of the squad and above all because they won the Champions League. But in the final part there are surprises. At the moment they are the favourites.

“Madrid will compete until the end. I don’t think we are favourites. City don’t think they are favourites either, but the fact that they won it last year makes them favourites.”

Last night, Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal revealed his desire to become the president of Real Madrid in the future. When asked about that, Ancelotti said:

“I have only had one president, Florentino. He is the best possible president. We are very proud that Nadal is a true Madridista.”

Talking about the opponents, Union Berlin, Ancelotti said: “Union Berlin is a new team in the Champions League, they deserve it. They are solid and play with a lot of intensity. We have studied them well and hopefully we will do well tomorrow.

“They don’t have individuals who stand out but they play very well as a team.”

On the contributions being made by the new signings, the Real Madrid said: “Those who have arrived are contributing a lot, like Joselu, Bellingham and Fran García. We are ready, just like last year.”

Luka Modric has publicly expressed his discontentment about his reduced role this season, but Ancelotti insisted that it has not affected their personal relationship, saying:

“Modric is fine, the personal relationship is perfect. The fact that he plays less can affect the professional relationship, but the personal relationship will always be perfect. Tomorrow he will play.”

There was some good news on the injury front for Real Madrid, with Arda Guler closing in on a return, saying: “Guler will be back with the team on Monday.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Real Madrid News

Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Las Palmas



Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

Real Madrid will be looking to return to winning ways as they get set to take on UD Las Palmas in a couple of hours at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Following the derby debacle against Atletico de Madrid last weekend, it is imperative for Los Merengues to bounce back strongly tonight.

With kick-off not very long away, Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting lineup that will be stepping onto the pitch to face Las Palmas.

Ancelotti has changed things a fair bit from the derby defeat, with both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos dropping to the bench.

But the biggest surprise is that Jude Bellingham has also been rested by the Real Madrid boss.

Instead, Real Madrid go in with the quartet of Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, and Brahim Diaz in their diamond midfield setup. The latter makes his first start for Real Madrid this season.

Up top, Joselu returns to the starting lineup, pairing up alongside Rodrygo Goes while Vinicius Jr remains on the bench, having only recently returned from an injury.

At the back, club captain Nacho Fernandez starts his first game of the season at the expense of Lucas Vazquez at right-back. Ferland Mendy also gets a look-in at left-back while David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger make up the rearguard that will shield Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Continue Reading