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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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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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