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Ancelotti talks Benzema, Haaland, Courtois, Kroos, Rudiger ahead of Getafe vs Real Madrid



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Real Madrid will be aiming to return to winning ways in La Liga when they take on Getafe away from home on Saturday.

Los Blancos are currently second in the table, behind Barcelona on goal difference, and will need three points to move to the top of the standings. Having picked up a victory against Shakhtar Donetsk, they will be confident about getting the job done against the Azulones.

On the eve of the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti attended his customary press conference (h/t MARCA), during which he provided an update on the injuries as well as talked about the improvements needed from the team.

On how to beat Getafe: “The usual, by the way, getting the best out of us, knowing the difficulties against Getafe, also last year. They haven’t started so well but lately, they’ve done very well, with intensity and organization. It’s going to cost us.”

On Karim Benzema’s availability:  “He has played two games in a row after a month and he is a bit tired. He is not ruled out for tomorrow and if he is well he will be in the game.”

On the wake-up call against Shakhtar: “The defensive aspect is very important in this team and it has been the key to success and where we have to be more focused. That is why everyone’s commitment is going to be important.

“It is true that we have not always been compact and we have lost duels. It is not a relaxation, these are things that happen.”

On whether he thinks players fear getting injured ahead of World Cup: “I don’t think so, for us it is important to evaluate fatigue well. The players are not so sincere in this regard.

“They will say that they are fine, sometimes not being sincere in this meaning it costs you an injury and I prefer the player who tells me he prefers to stop. But in 30 years only two players have told me: Pepe in a Champions League final and Seedorf in a League match.”

On the importance of the Getafe game: “They are a team that fights, very well organized at the back. It is a complicated match, the psychological aspect is the one that worries me the least, although it is important because this team has shown that it is very strong in that.

“Sometimes we have to defend better. It’s the team’s thinking. What we have to do is defend better.”

On the team’s defence: “I don’t think it’s because of the arrival of the new ones. We have a very strong defence both individually and collectively.”

On Thibaut Courtois: “We have to think about whether the trip to Warsaw is the best idea, but I think it will be for the Clásico.”

On Toni Kroos’ future:  “He is very well mentally and physically. He is always smiling, he never gets angry, and he feels the pressure of the games. He always tells me that he is not nervous when I ask him before the games. The renewal is in his hand.”

On Dani Ceballos’ injury: “Ceballos has to stop for two or three weeks, but the rest is fine. Luckily so far we’ve handled the injuries well.”

On Benzema’s recent goal drought: “I think he has had this injury that has stopped him a bit, but I see Karim as always. We are not worried about anything in this regard. He is doing and will do what he always does, really.”

On Antonio Rudiger’s adaptation: “He knows very well that he is very important to us, he is a world-class central defender like Militao, Alaba and Nacho. Bearing this in mind, Nacho has always delivered, and with these four central defenders, we are doing very well.

“It is true that Nacho has rested more than the others but he may play more than the others later on.”

On whether Real Madrid want Erling Haaland to replace Benzema: “I’m not talking about Haaland.”

On Rodrygo: “Rodrygo is an intelligent person, very calm, he works seriously, mature, although he is still very young.”

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future




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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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