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Ancelotti talks Bellingham, Joselu, Courtois, Guler, Casemiro after Real Madrid 2-0 Man United



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Real Madrid coasted to a 2-0 win over Manchester United at the NRG Stadium on Wednesday night courtesy of goals from Jude Bellingham and Joselu. The game was evenly balanced for the most part with the English side recording more shots on target. However, the Spanish team’s defence was on point.

Carlo Ancelotti faced the press after his team’s win on the night and spoke about a plethora of topics from Casemiro to Jude Bellingham. Here are the takeaways from his press conference.

The manager began his interaction with a quick summary of the team’s performance on the night, insisting that the display in the first half was better than the second. He also went on to laud his side for their showing and quality against one of Europe’s top teams.

“We have played a good game, especially in the first half. We have played well and defended well. The second part has been more controlled, but with a good attitude and commitment,” he said.

“We have a team of great physical and technical quality. The squad is very good and has improved with the additions. We are complete.”

Despite having won it all, Real Madrid always stay grounded. The manager highlighted the same in his interview and added that it was not difficult to manage the squad.

“We have a team without egos and it’s very simple to manage the locker room. The team is fine, with a good atmosphere and motivated. We want to work well to start the season on a good note.”

One of the highlights of the game was Bellingham’s opener in just the sixth minute of the game. A tightly engaged competition ensued, but Joselu’s goal in the dying minutes sealed the win. Speaking about the goal on the night, the manager said:

“The one from Bellingham shows his quality, arriving from the second line at the right time. Joselu’s goal is not seen many times. We know what he can contribute, which is this. He is a great area finisher and stands out very well at the back post. Today he has had three or four opportunities to score.”

The coach then gave his thoughts about the newly implemented 4-4-2 system that he experimented on the night. He emphasised the changes it brought to the forward department and how it suited certain players.

“The new system is going well. Vini Jr. likes to play a little more on the inside and sometimes he has to play on the outside because he is also very strong,” he said.

“His position and that of Rodrygo create a lot of danger because they are very fast and we can play more directly like this. The system also facilitates the quality of Bellingham.”

Thibaut Courtois did not participate on the night once again owing to fitness concerns, and the Italian tactician assured fans that the star goalkeeper would soon return to action.

“He has a little discomfort and it doesn’t make sense to risk. He’s going to play the next game, like Arda Güler, who is going to play soon.”

Los Blancos started the game against Manchester United with Fran Garcia as the left-back. The Spaniard is said to be the manager’s first choice for the position heading into the new season and was praised for his performance.

“He’s doing very well. He pushes a lot and arrives many times to cross. We are very happy.”

Finally, the Real Madrid coach spoke about a club legend playing for the opposition, Casemiro. The Brazilian midfielder featured for over 60 minutes for Erik ten Hag’s side, and Ancelotti maintained that he would forever remain a Real Madrid player.

“We love him very much and for us, he is a Real Madrid legend and he is still a Real Madrid player.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him



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Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.

However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links

Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”

“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.

Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid

Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.

Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.

Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.

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