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Ancelotti talks Benzema, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Militao, Griezmann ahead of the Madrid derby

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Real Madrid will be aiming to extend their 100% run in the new season when they lock horns with local rivals Atletico Madrid at the Civitas Metropolitano on Sunday night.

Currently seated at the top of the La Liga standings, the Merengues could lose their spot to Barcelona, who face Elche later today. And the reigning champions will need a win against their neighbours in order to go into the international break as the league leaders.

On the eve of the game, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti attended his customary pre-match press conference during which he discussed various topics ranging from Karim Benzema’s injury to the controversy surrounding Vinicius Jr’s celebrations.

“Benzema won’t be there tomorrow but he has started working alone,” Ancelotti confirmed. However, he did not give away who would start in place of the Frenchman, as he said: “I have an idea but I won’t say it.”

On Real Madrid’s form and momentum heading into the derby, Ancelotti said: “We arrived well, on a good run, against a strong rival, it is a special match and that is how we prepare for it.”

On the racist abuse against Vinicius Jr, he added: “He’s fine as usual, he wants to play and win this match. He and the club have issued a statement so now let’s talk about football, and it should be noted that in Spain I don’t see racism.”

On the derby: “It will be a competitive match. They don’t expect anything new and it will be a very competitive duel, a good football match because there are very good players on both teams. The match is open, but there is nothing definitive. rivalry is normal.”

On Antoine Griezmann’s peculiar situation at Atletico: “It sounds a bit strange but I don’t like getting into these discussions, every coach has to make decisions, Simeone and Atletico have been and are doing well in Spain and Europe.”

On Eder Militao’s availability: “He is ready to play and trained well. He can play from the start or play a few minutes of the game, I have to think about it.”

On Diego Simeone: “He has a great relationship with his players, he is able to build that bond and that’s an important part of being a coach.”

On Vinicius and the support he has received: “It’s something we don’t touch on in the locker room, these are topics that are not normally discussed in the locker room, we usually talk about football.”

“Racism is one thing, what happens on the field is another, there is a lot of talk about provocations, but racism is a much more important issue than what happens on the field. But we will not address the issue of racism, as Vinicius spoke well in his statement.”

On if he has any advice to Vinicius: “No, I’m not his father, I’m not his brother. I’m his manager.”

On the atmosphere at the Metropolitano: “I’m not worried, we’re going to play a football match, in the rival’s field and the pressure from the stands supporting their team is normal. Period. There’s nothing to say. We played against a rival strong and nothing else.”

On Rodrygo: “He has had more minutes and he is making the most of it. You have to be patient, keep improving, he’s taking advantage of his opportunity and learning from the players who have more experience. That helps him have more confidence.”

On Asensio’s call-up to Spain national team: “This is football, he is very happy to have been called up to the national team, he has the ability to go to the national team.”

On why Real Madrid perform better in the second half: “We use the strategy of the tiredness (laughs). The rivals think we are tired and we take advantage of it.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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Multiple Real Madrid legends set to attend Kylian Mbappe’s presentation – report

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With the major international tournaments all wrapped up, Real Madrid fans can finally realize their dream of witnessing Kylian Mbappe take his first steps in the Santiago Bernabeu.

After much anticipation, the Frenchman’s signing was officially announced by the Merengues right after the UEFA Champions League final.

Now, the moment for his presentation is edging closer, and Real Madrid intends to make it a grand occasion befitting his talents.

Real Madrid have invited multiple legends

Indeed, according to Rodra several Real Madrid legends have been personally invited to attend Kylian Mbappe’s highly anticipated presentation at the Bernabeu tomorrow.

Their presence highlights the significance of this moment, celebrating the arrival of one of football’s brightest talents to the illustrious ranks of Real Madrid.

The player’s presentation, which is expected to be a huge event at Santiago Bernabeu on July 16th, was announced by the administration just under a week ago.

Mbappe will be presented as a Real Madrid player tomorrow. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

The 2018 World Cup winner is the first new recruit to be presented at the Santiago Bernabeu following complete renovations and thus the club aims to mark it as a special occasion.

In order to make it a memorable event, the Merengues have big plans for the presentation tomorrow.

Indeed, Mbappe will make a grand entrance at the Bernabeu, walking along a specially installed catwalk from the changing room exit to a stage set up at the North end of the stadium.

Full-house expected

All tickets for Kylian Mbappe’s presentation have been completely sold out, with not a single seat remaining, not even in the remotest corners of the venue.

Within just under 2 hours, all tickets for the event sold out, including the premium VIP seats. Priority was naturally given to club members and season ticket holders.

And now it appears some of the most iconic players from Real Madrid’s history will also be present to watch the event unfold.

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