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Ancelotti talks Guler, Vinicius, Fran Garcia, defensive issues after Juventus 3-1 Real Madrid



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Real Madrid may have started their pre-season tour with two wins against AC Milan and Manchester United. However, they fell to disappointing defeats to Barcelona and Juventus in their final two fixtures of the your.

Wednesday night saw Los Blancos suffer a 3-1 loss against the Old Lady. Despite having 66% of the possession, 34 shots, and eight shots on target, the men in white could manage only one goal.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after his team’s drubbing at the hands of the Italian giants and spoke a plethora of topics from Vinicius to Arda Guler. Here are the takeaways from his press conference.

The manager first summarised the pre-season tour that came to an end with last night’s result and projected a sense of positivity through his words. However, it was also clear that he knew exactly where his men were lacking.

“It has been a positive pre-season and in the games we have played, we showed different facets. One very good and another in the defensive aspect that we must improve. The team is not used to defending with the diamond,” he said.

Speaking further about the six goals conceded over the last two games, he added: “We have conceded many goals against Juventus and Barcelona. There has been a lack of balance and we need to fix it.”

While Ancelotti was worried about the defensive complacency, he maintained that it was not a difficult issue to address. He also elaborated on the various means to improve that aspect.

“The defensive aspect is the easiest thing to improve because it is a problem of placement, concentration, and attitude. In the pressure we have been good and aggressive, but we were fragile in the low block. It has been quite evident in the last two games.”

“Lowering the block may be an option to take into account. But I’ll keep the good things and the opportunities we’ve had in attack.”

Ancelotti then commented on the need to put into perspective the challenge of constant travel in pre-season and insisted that the team would be better when rested adequately.

“In the pre-season, it may happen that we do not have success because the team is tired, since we have travelled a lot.

“The freshness that a striker must have when it comes to defining we don’t have at all. However, Vinicius has positioned himself very well both outside and inside and has scored a fantastic goal.”

Speaking on the team’s performance in the offence and defence, the Italian tactician took a clear position on where he stood and what he expects from his side.

“On an offensive level, there are no problems, but on a defensive level, we have to fix it. There are things to prove in this period and it has been quite evident what we have to fix.”

The manager then gave his two cents on Vinicius Jr who was the only goalscorer on the night. He emphasised the Brazilian’s ability to play in a front two, saying,

“It’s not difficult for him to play inside. He has handled the position very well. Today he has had difficulties on the inside, then he has gone on the outside and there he has begun to create danger. He’s getting better.”

The manager was then asked to comment about Fran Garcia’s performance on the night, for whom he had only words of praise.

“Fran García has played very well and has a lot of energy because he reaches the bottom very well and puts in good centers. He is a reliable player, but he has to improve. It is not an individual problem, but a collective one. He has to be better placed in the defensive aspect.”

Ancelotti’s press conference came to an end with an elaboration of Arda Guler’s situation. The manager confirmed reports of a possible surgical intervention but revealed that a decision was yet to be taken.

“It’s quite complicated to talk about a medical aspect, but it’s not quite serious. It is a small problem in the meniscus and we are evaluating whether to do a conservative treatment or surgery.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report




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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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