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 The only blemish from the evening in Scotland would be the injury to star striker Karim Benzema, which saw him get withdrawn in the first half.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
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.