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Ancelotti talks Benzema, Camavinga, Asensio after Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

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Real Madrid put two goals past Celta Vigo late on Saturday night to close the gap with Barcelona to just eight points in the league standings. It was far from one-way traffic at Santiago Bernabeu, but a comprehensive and solid performance helped them maintain a clean sheet.

Marco Asensio and Eder Militao were on the scoresheet on the night, scoring on either side of the mid-game interval. Of them, the former was the man of the match with a goal and an assist.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after his team’s win over the Galicians. Here are the snippets from his press conference.

The Italian tactician broke the ice with a summary of the ninety minutes at Santiago Bernabeu, the performance of his players and the intentions behind his substitutions.

“I was very pleased with the team’s attitude. We controlled the game well. The team look good out there and we were able to rest the players with the most fatigue.”

“I made the changes to slow the game down a bit because the team was doing well and all the players are feeling good. Asensio and Camavinga partcicularly stood out.”

Ahead of the clash against the Galicians, the manager lashed out at the rigorous schedule, his placers had to face with little to no rest. Elaborating further on the topic, he addressed prophylaxis and how he could avoid injuries on the team.

“We have to manage the next games adequately and I have every confidence in the squad. We can handle the rotations very well because the attitude of the team is positive and that’s the most important thing for these games, even more so when you get home at six o’clock on a Wednesday morning and play on Saturday. The team is very strong mentally.”

Los Blancos have not conceded a goal in the past four games and the manager had only praise for his mean’s defensive resilience.

“I’m very pleased that we haven’t conceded a goal in the last four games. It’s a biproduct of collective health and commitment. When there is good defensive commitment and you have such quality up front, you’re always going to score goals.”

The coach took out a moment to specially throw out praise for his young stars of the team who incessantly punch above their own weight and produce displays at the highest level.

“I can see that we have young players with extraordinary energy. As modern footballers generally do. Tchouameni, Camavinga, Valverde, Vini Jr. and Rodrygo have the energy of a modern player.”

Eduardo Camavinga was one of the standout performers of the night, starting at left-back and producing a clearance, a blocked shot, six tackles, two interceptions and a last-man tackle in addition to 12 duels won. Speaking about the French protege, Ancelotti said,

“He’s a player with extraordinary quality in all aspects: physical, technical and tactically, where he’s improving. He can play in any position on the pitch. He could play as a central midfielder and in the number 10 role. He’s a special player with great attributes”.

Renovation at the Santiago Bernabeu has not been without its effect on Real Madrid’s games and the state of the pitch. The manager commented on the impact of the work and the steps being taken to minimize the same.

“The construction work affects the turf and that’s why it has been changed periodically and will be replaced regularly. This isn’t anything new or surprising. Work is being done on it and before the Manchester City game it will be replaced. Obviously, it’s being damaged quite quickly due to the works.”

The Italian manager then shared his thoughts on the upcoming UEFA Champions League semifinal between Real Madrid and Manchester City.

“It’s going to be a fantastic match between the best teams in Europe. It’ll be good for football and it won’t be a battle between players but between two teams fighting to reach the final.”

Earlier in the week, reports stated that Karim Benzema was willing to go all out to overtake Robert Lewandowski in the race for the Pichichi. However, the coach denied knowledge of anything of that sort.

“I don’t know what Karim thinks. I guess he’s thinking about winning, not about the pichichi. I’m not interested in that. I just want us to win games. He’s doing well and when he does well, he’s an important player.”

Finally, Ancelotti praised Nacho Fernandez for his performance, versatility and quality on the field which helped him cover multiple positions as per the need. 

“He’s an out and out centre-back. He’s a pessimistic defender and can also do a fine job as full-back on either side.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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