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Ancelotti talks Guler, Modric, Kroos, Kepa, Xabi Alonso ahead of Real Madrid vs Las Palmas



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Following the harrowing 3-1 defeat at the hands of local rivals Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid will be aiming to bounce back strongly when they take on Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The loss to Atleti saw Los Blancos’ perfect start to the season coming to a screeching halt and Carlo Ancelotti & co. will be eager to start putting together another winning streak.

There were a lot of fingers pointed towards the manager due to his team selection and tactics against Atletico Madrid and Ancelotti answered questions about the same as well as several other topics in his press conference.

On facing Las Palmas after the defeat to Atleti, the Real Madrid boss said: “We have to prepare well for the game. Las Palmas are a team that play good football and like to play with the ball and that’s why we have to win to react to Sunday’s defeat.”

Responding to the criticism aimed at him after the derby loss, Ancelotti admitted that it is a part of his job as the coach of Real Madrid, while also insisting that there are some chinks the team needs to iron out.

“Criticism is part of a coach’s job because when you are a Real Madrid coach it is normal that there is criticism when things don’t work out. It doesn’t affect me,” he said.

“But having said that, I have to evaluate in a self-critical way the things we are doing well, which are many, and the things we have done badly, which are few.”

There have been questions asked about the diamond midfield formation that Ancelotti is using, but the Italian insisted that the system works while admitting that there are some holes that need to be filled.

“I’m clear that we have to improve the things we did against Atlético. Every system has its weaknesses. The diamond formation is not perfect but it allows us to press higher up the pitch, but the weakness is that sometimes they can find you out of position on the flank,” he stated.

On the public opinion against him, especially after the defeat to Atletico, Ancelotti insisted that while he respects that people have their opinions, he does not pay much heed to them.

Addressing the concerns surrounding the team’s tendency to concede goals early in the game this season, Ancelotti added: “We have to go into the games in a different way because we’ve conceded goals early on.”

“Public opinion can give their opinion and say whatever they want because football is a passion. You have to respect it and that’s it but I can’t get into this and I have to have balance in my decisions,” the manager claimed.

“Because of my background, I am capable of evaluating how things are going. After winning six games out of six, with all the problems we’ve had, which everyone knows, I think we’ve done well”.

Moving on to an update on the team news, Ancelotti confirmed that he will have the trio of Dani Carvajal, Vinicius Jr, and Arda Guler available for the match, as he said:

“They are all available (Carvajal, Vinicius and Güler). Tomorrow they will be available and I have to evaluate if it’s good to give them minutes from the start or during the game.”

On the topic of Guler in particular, Ancelotti said: “Guler is doing well but he lacks competitive playing time, that’s normal. What he has shown with us is that he has extraordinary talent.”

Talking about his team selection for the derby, the Real Madrid boss stated: “I don’t think I changed so many players in the derby. I put Luka as ’10’ but we’ve done that before.”

There have been complaints that Ancelotti does not seem to be keen on moving on from the pair of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos when it comes to the big games. Responding to that, he said:

“Everyone can say what they want and I have to focus on my job. It’s not true that I don’t dare to leave Kroos and Modric on the bench in important games because every game is important.”

Further heaping praise on the veteran duo, he added: “I think Modric and Kroos can play in any system in the world because of their quality, experience and knowledge.”

Reports earlier today suggested that Real Madrid have already chosen former midfielder Xabi Alonso as the man to replace Ancelotti at the helm next season.

When asked about the possibility of the Bayer Leverkusen manager taking over, the Italian replied: “I have had Xabi Alonso as a player and I think he has a great knowledge of football and is doing very well.

“I wish that one day he will coach Real Madrid like I do with Raúl and Arbeloa. They are people I know and love very much and I hope that one day they can be Real Madrid coaches”.

On his own contract, Ancelotti said: “My renewal is not a matter of interest. Everyone knows that I’m doing very well here but it’s not the right time to talk about it because there are a lot of games.”

Before signing off, the Real Madrid boss had some words of encouragement for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga as well.

“Kepa has total confidence. He is very good and is adapting very well. The three goals conceded is a problem for everyone. I don’t like to point the finger at anyone, least of all Kepa, who couldn’t do anything,” he said.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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  1. Akande Atendikongye Blessing

    September 27, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Is he trying to say diamond formation makes you press higher up pitch than 4 3 3 so teams like arsenal man city ang bayern is it diamond system they are using to press higher… Ancelotti has tried a 3 back system before but he admitted they are comfortable with 4 3 3. What’s going on now

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition



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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.


The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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