Real Madrid’s winning streak in the new season came to an end on Sunday night as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Osasuna at home. Los Blancos had 22 shots, three big chances and hit the woodwork twice on the night but could not pick up all three points.
Vinicius Jr scored a sensational goal from outside the box late in the first half but the visitors equalised in the 50th minute through Kike Garcia. Captain Karim Benzema had the chance to seal the game in the 78th minute but missed from the penalty spot.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press after his team’s draw and addressed topics including the penalty miss and Eden Hazard. Here are the key quotes from his presser.
On the missed opportunity: “We deserved the win but we missed a penalty. It’s normal, setbacks happen. This is football.”
On Thibaut Courtois’ injury: “Courtois will undergo exams tomorrow and we will see how he feels. It’s not a serious injury but we have to see if he can play on Wednesdays.”
On Karim Benzema: “It has not been his best game, but obviously he is not so fresh and he needs to work. He hasn’t played for a month.”
On Benzema missing the penalty: “Benzema is the best penalty taker in the squad. He scored an important one vs City last season and this won’t change.”
On not playing Eden Hazard: “We needed Mariano’s abilities tonight, not Hazard’s.”
On his team’s performance: “Our team was slow in the first half. I made changes in the 2nd half because we needed fresh legs and more intensity.”
On the international break: “I don’t blame the international break. I wanted to give minutes to the players who trained all week in Madrid.”
On whether his team deserved the win: “We conceded two shots and didn’t play at a high rhythm. But we deserved to win.”
On the result: “Tonight’s game wasn’t good but it happens, it’s a long season. Now we will start a new winning streak.”
On how the players took the result: “The players are sad because we didn’t win. This is the reason why won titles last season. We’re not happy with this draw.”
Source: Real Madrid official website
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.