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 forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.