Real Madrid’s title defence began with a 2-1 win over newly promoted Almeria on Sunday night. While the win was not spectacular or dominant, Los Blancos managed to get all three points and secure a lead over Barcelona.
The hosts took an early lead via Ramazani’s finessed shot before Lucas Vasquez brought the team back on track at the hour mark. Ultimately, a David Alaba screamer gave Real Madrid the decisive edge.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after his team’s win and spoke about the performance and avenues for improvement. Madrid Universal brings you the snippets from his press conference.
On the performance of his young midfielders: “Camavinga and Tchouameni have not shown the quality that I see in training, it is normal, this shirt is very heavy.”
On the team’s performance: “I am happy with the game even though it wasn’t spectacular.”
On Eden Hazard: “Hazard did a great job in the tight spaces, he’s training well and taking his time.”
On Marco Asensio’s future: “We have to wait and see what Asensio decides.”
On Antonio Rudiger’s debut: “Rudiger played a great game, he has a lot of experience.”
On the possibility of playing with a 4-4-2 (diamond): “I don’t know, I have to think about it. Keep in mind that we have an attacker, Vini, who likes the wing very much.”
On David Alaba’s match-winning goal: “Davide had to tell Alaba to go on very quickly because it isn’t easy to tell Benzema and Toni not to shoot. I’m kidding.
On the youngsters: “From what they’ve shown in training, the youngsters deserve to play. But on an emotional level, the game weighed little heavily on them.”
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.