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
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.