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Ancelotti talks Laporta, Camavinga, Kroos, Bellingham, Todd Bohely ahead of Chelsea vs Madrid
After winning two games in a row, Real Madrid will travel to London to lock horns against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals second leg.
They are currently leading Frank Lampard’s side 2-0 on aggregate, and will be looking to bury the tie tomorrow.
This is the third time in three seasons the two sides are facing off in the Champions League. Chelsea came out on top in 2020/21 before winning the trophy, while Madrid trumped them last season en route to winning the whole thing.
Ahead of the game against the blues, Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media as part of his pre-game press conference.
On the game: “We are fine and excited. We should play a complete game, we still have 90 minutes left. Anything can happen.“
“If we reach the semi-finals of the UCL this year too we will have done well. Reaching the semi-finals twice in a row is good.”
On the starting XI: “Thinking of a fixed starting XI is disrespectful to those who play lesser. We have many options, my idea of the starting XI changes a lot.”
“Camavinga could play as a LB tomorrow.”
“If I rely on El Clásico’s XI it will affect Nacho & Asensio. There are more than 11 players who deserve to play at the moment.”
“I don’t know if it can affect Nacho, of course it can affect him if he doesn’t play. It affects Ceballos, Nacho, Asensio… To all those who are not going to play.”
On Jude Bellingham: “Bellingham? Unfortunately he’s a BVB player and I don’t like talking about players from other teams.”
On the Brazil NT job: “Brazil? I don’t like speaking about this. I would like to stay at Real Madrid.”
On Toni Kroos: “Kroos? He’s a legend. He would like to retire at Real Madrid.”
On Joan Laporta’s words: “I haven’t seen it, because we were traveling. And it’s an issue that was under investigation, so I don’t think so.”
On Todd Boehly going to Chelsea’s locker room: “I think this can motivate the players. At Chelsea they are not going through a good time and it can inspire the players to play better.”
Source: Real Madrid TV
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Ancelotti talks Benzema, Kane, Fran Garcia, Ceballos ahead of Real Madrid vs Athletic Club
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that club captain Karim Benzema is ready to play his side’s last league game against Athletic Club while also citing that one must not forget that the Frenchman still has one more year left on his current deal.
Speaking ahead of Madrid’s final game of the 2022/23 season, the manager spoke on several aspects, including the team’s transfer plans, Benzema’s future and his own continuity.
When asked about Benzema, the manager said (h/t SPORT), “Benzema is ready to play tomorrow, he’s recovered.” He went on to add, “I agree with Benzema. Internet is not the reality. He has another year on his contract. I think it’s clear.”
At the same time, he subsequently admitted that Benzema is mostly on his way out. “The legends of this club have to retire at Real Madrid. This is what I believe and what the club believes. But the player maybe doesn’t think the same.”
In terms of the squad for the upcoming game, he mentioned, “We want to say goodbye to our fans. They’re all ready to play. Only Mariano won’t be there, the others are fine. We want to finish in the best possible way. Then we’ll rest and prepare for next season.”
Meanwhile, Benzema’s potential departure would mean Madrid will look to sign a new number 9. In this regard, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is said to be on the list and while addressing the same, the Italian said,
“Harry Kane? I’m sure you all are curious to see what will happen next season. But Kane is a Tottenham player and we have to respect this.”
He went on to add, “I think we’re going to have a different squad [next season]. There are players whose contracts are running out, but it will be a competitive squad and one that makes me very excited.”
Furthermore, the manager also confirmed that he will be at Real Madrid next season. “I’m happy at Real Madrid. No problems with the club. I’m very happy to continue and we will try to do better next season.”
Madrid’s main man also went on to admit that he cannot make everyone in the squad happy.
“It is true that some have had little prominence, but I have tried to keep all the players motivated. It is impossible to keep them all happy. Sometimes you have to put up with that discontent from the players. I feel that there are some who have played very little.”
Speaking about the plan for the next season, he added, “Next year’s squad will be very competitive. Obviously there are contracts that expire and there will be different players. But it will be competitive.”
“Yes, it’s true — Fran García will be our first signing,” Ancelotti confirmed, but refused to talk about Brahim Diaz’s potential arrival.
“Brahim Díaz? I can’t say anything on him right now, I can’t comment…”.
He also revealed that the likes of Nacho and Dani Ceballos will decide their own fate. “They know what we think of them. I think they have everything very clear. They are waiting for the end of the season to decide what they want to do. Everything is in their hands.”
When asked about Brahim Diaz, he simply said, “I can’t talk about him right now.”
Lastly, when asked how much would he rate the 2022/23 season, he said, “It’s difficult to rate yourself. What I can say is that it’s been a very long season. We’ve worked hard and sometimes I haven’t always been able to transmit a very high level of motivation.
“It’s not It’s easy to motivate every three days. I’ve given everything I could give. I put myself on a positive note, but next year I’m going to do better,” he concluded.