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Ancelotti talks Camavinga, Vinicius, Tchouameni, Modric, Nacho after Las Palmas 1-2 Real Madrid



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Real Madrid secured yet another comeback win, defeating UD Las Palmas 2-1 away at Estadio Gran Canaria earlier today.

After a goalless first period, Javier Munoz scored for Las Palmas eight minutes into the second period to put the hosts in front.

But Vinicius Jr. levelled things up for Real Madrid in the 65th minute before birthday boy Aurelien Tchouameni won it for the Merengues in the 84th minute.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after the match and analysed the contest and the result, saying:

“The truth is that the goal we conceded changed the dynamic, we changed the system in the first half to look for more outside play. It wasn’t a spectacular game but it was a pretty good one.

“We played against a team that is difficult for you to win the ball back and statistically Las Palmas don’t concede goals…. We played a game to control the first half and press in the second. It was a very important victory.”

On the team’s spirit and mental fortitude to make a comeback from difficult circumstances again and again, he said:

“This is a tool we have. A motivated bench that often contributes a lot, getting on the pitch. This is a tool we have and we would like to take advantage or enjoy more transitions, but it can’t always happen.

“We are left with this, that I look at the bench and I have many opportunities to change a game because those on the bench are very motivated.”

Explaining his decision to take Vinicius Jr. and Eduardo Camavinga off in a crucial phase of the game, he added: “I made the substitution of Vini to hold on to the result. Camavinga because he was tired, he played a very intense game and Tchouaméni was fresh.”

Praising their opponents on the day, the Real Madrid boss added: “I can evaluate the goalkeeper, he’s good, very good with his feet and that’s where I stand.

“We also have goalkeepers and they are doing well. Las Palmas play well, it’s difficult to win the ball back, they put the ball between the lines… playing against them is not easy.”

After a solid run, Real Madrid’s defence has put in some weak displays of late, something that was not lost on Ancelotti.

“In the last few games, we may have lost a little bit. We’ve scored a lot of goals and sometimes because we attack a lot we don’t always have balance and at the back, they suffer a bit more. Nacho is having an outstanding season,” he stated.

For a second match in a row veteran midfielder Luka Modric failed to make an appearance for Real Madrid. In fact, the Croatian international did not even warm up during today’s match.

Discussing the situation, Ancelotti said: “Modric hasn’t warmed up because…. (he takes a few seconds to think) because I understand that Luka doesn’t warm up, I don’t take him out to warm up if I’m not sure he’s going to come on, we have to respect him in that sense. He’s fine, he’ll be ready for the next game.”

Source: MARCA

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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