Real Madrid look seemingly impossible to stop at the moment, having won all five of their games to start the season. Not only that, but they have scored 14 goals, conceding just four.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team have clearly picked up where they left off last season, winning the La Liga and the Champions League. They are coming off a 0-3 win in the opening round of the UCL against Celtic, but now have their eye on RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ahead of this game, Ancelotti got the chance to clear the air about his players, speaking to the media as part of his pre-game press conference.
On Thibaut Courtois missing training: “He had a small problem in his knee and did not train that day. But he will play tomorrow.”
“Courtois trained today, he’s fine. His problem was minor.”
On Karim Benzema’s return: “We won’t force Benzema. He will surely not play against Leipzig. But we will see for the Madrid derby.”
“If he does not play against Atletico Madrid, he will definitely not join the French National Team for the international break.”
On changing the system without Benzema: “No, the system will not change.”
On Eden Hazard: “It’s obvious I will not ask Hazard to score goals like Karim, I want him to play well and connect well with the attack.”
On Mariano Diaz: “Mariano can help us in some games, he’s very strong.”
On Benzema’s substitute: “There is no substitute for Benzema. He is the best. But we can use other players with different styles.”
On Dani Ceballos: “He could, yes.”
On Vinicius Jr: “Vinicius scores goals with continuity. He has improved a lot because now it’s very difficult that he misses chances.”
On rotations: “We always analyse the players. But then I’ll decide who plays. If i see a player is tired, I will rest him.”
On Vinicius’ celebrations: “He’s a Brazilian, he dances very well. I don’t think it bothers anyone.”
On keeping possession in football: “It’s a fad. Football is changing, more verticality. Possession football is not as fashionable anymore.”
Source: Real Madrid Twitter
Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report
Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.
Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.
The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.
A potential departure
As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.
Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.
Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.
In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.
As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.
As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.
Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.