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Ancelotti talks Brahim, Carvajal, Kroos, Modric, Rodrygo, Valverde after Real Madrid 2-0 Granada

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Real Madrid extended their winning run to five matches across all competitions as they secured a 2-0 victory over relegation battlers Granada in La Liga today.

A first-half strike from Brahim Diaz and a goal from Rodrygo after the break were enough for the Merengues to bag three points at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The result puts them back at the top of the La Liga table after Girona had briefly moved into pole position following their win over Valencia earlier in the day.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti addressed the media in the aftermath of the game and handed out praise for Brahim Diaz, who was the Man of the Match on the night.

“He’s playing very well, working hard, wherever I put him he delivers, I’m very happy with him. He didn’t have much of a role at the beginning, but now he’s showing his quality,” said Ancelotti of the 24-year-old attacking midfielder.

One of the concerns for Real Madrid stemming from the night is that Dani Carvajal had to be taken off at half-time due to a knock.

When asked about the right-back’s condition, Ancelotti said: “It’s an overload, we’ll see tomorrow.”

However, when he was asked about the availability of his injured players for the next game against Real Betis, Ancelotti put Carvajal as a doubt, saying:

“Modric I think he’s going to make it, let’s see Carvajal… Lucas played very well in the second half. And Kepa is ready to play.”

The manager then went on to discuss the new role for Federico Valverde, where he almost operates in a double pivot in midfield alongside Toni Kroos, saying:

“I think he likes it, he enjoys the position, he plays like that in Uruguay and he is doing very well. It’s difficult to say which is his best position on the pitch. The work he does in any position is very useful for the team.”

Real Madrid back on top. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

On Valverde’s midfield partner Kroos, who chipped in with a sublime display today, that included a stunning assist for Brahim’s goal, Ancelotti said:

“He doesn’t miss passes, first of all. He always chooses the best option. He wants the ball, he’s not afraid of pressure, he always orientates himself well.

“The best thing is his orientation, his control, he’s always in the right place when he receives. He is irreplaceable even when he doesn’t play.”

Ancelotti then showered praise on Rodrygo, who is well and truly back to his best after a slow start to the season, as he scored once again tonight for Real Madrid.

“He’s back to his best, scoring a lot of goals. Today also proving that he only scores from the left. When he is well, he can score from anywhere. I put him more on the right today because I thought there would be more space there. His goal was a good one,” he said.

When asked if he had a bet with Rodrygo for the forward to score a certain number of goals this season, Ancelotti replied: “No, I haven’t bet on anyone this season. The team has to work together, it doesn’t matter who scores, just the collective work.

“And that’s what I like the most, there’s a commitment that allows us to keep a clean sheet and take advantage of the work of the attackers.”

The Real Madrid boss also discussed tomorrow’s headlining fixture between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, saying: “I think it will be an entertaining match, what I think most is to enjoy it. May the best team win.”

Signing off, Ancelotti responded to fans chanting his name at the Bernabeu by saying: “The fans love me a lot at the Bernabéu and that’s why I’m very happy.”

Source: AS

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Real Madrid midfielder issues fitness update ahead of UCL final – ‘It is very difficult’

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Real Madrid officially played their final game of the league season this past weekend and the focus now shifts to the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1.

The Spanish champions have the glorious opportunity to secure their 15th Champions League title this on Sunday.

But heading into this clash, Real Madrid are likely to miss out on the services of one of the key players – Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman will likely be ruled out for the UCL final due to an injury incurred earlier this month.

Tchouameni on UCL final

Speaking ahead of the final, Tchouameni admitted that it would be very difficult for him to participate in the UCL final.

“I can run, I think it is very difficult to play in this final and we have more players who can be in my position. The important thing is that we are going to win this Champions League,” Tchouameni said.

Tchouameni is certain to miss UCL final (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Frenchman added that he would try to help the team any way he can, stating, “If I can be the MVP from the bench, I’ll do it.”

Considered by many as the future of the Real Madrid midfield, Tchouameni has played a valuable role in the middle of the park this season.

His versatility, coupled with his ability to spread the play and put pressure on the opposition have served as key to Real Madrid’s success.

Although Tchouameni might not feature in this final, the player expressed his optimism about the Real Madrid team, adding, “I really want to play in this final, but I’m sure we will reach more finals [in coming years].”

Finally, Tchouameni expressed his happiness at Real Madrid, stating, “It’s an incredible feeling to be at Real Madrid.”

Formerly of AS Monaco, Tchouameni has featured in 88 competitive matches since joining Real Madrid in 2022. With Toni Kroos retiring, he is expected to play a crucial role for the club going forward, although not necessarily in the upcoming Champions League final.

Source: RMTV

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