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Ancelotti talks Benzema injury, Kroos, Militao after Celtic 0-3 Real Madrid

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There were no problems for Real Madrid in securing three points from their opening UEFA Champions League clash of the season against Celtic.

The game in Glasgow ended in a 3-0 win for Los Blancos as Vinicius Jr, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard found their names on the scoresheet. The only blemish from the evening in Scotland would be the injury to star striker Karim Benzema, which saw him get withdrawn in the first half.

Celtic put up a valiant fight in the first half, but their energy and pressure reduced in the second period. Los Blancos on the other hand, played a perfect second half taking all the chances that came their way.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press after his men’s dominant win. Here are the snippets from his press conference.

On Karim Benzema’s injury scare: “We don’t think Benzema has a big problem. It’s muscular.”

On the French striker’s expected return: “We have to wait for the tests tomorrow. Then we will know what Benzema has.”

On the difficult first half: “We played much better in the second half. But we expected that first half, we knew they would play with such intensity.”

On the MOTM, Toni Kroos: “Kroos played a fantastic game.”

On the venue and atmosphere: “This is a difficult stadium, with fantastic atmosphere and supporters. It was nice to play here.”

On suffering two injury blows in one game: “Benzema and Militao? Does not seem serious, but we will see.”

On Eder Militao’s substitution: “Militao has an overload in his hamstring, and I preferred not to risk him. Also, we have Rudiger who is 100% reliable.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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  1. Richard Asiedu

    September 7, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    Well done guys

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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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.

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