Real Madrid are inches away from winning their 35th La Liga title as they get ready to take on Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu. Should Carlo Ancelotti’s men avoid defeat, their position at the top of the table would be confirmed for good.
Ancelotti could become the first-ever manager to win a league title in the top five leagues in Europe if Madrid can as little as take a point tomorrow.
They are, however, coming off a seven-goal thriller against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. While they bowed down 4-3, it has certainly given them enough momentum heading into the weekend game.
Ahead of this historic clash, the Italian coach took part in his routinely pre-game press conference; all quotes in this thread by Madrid Universal.
On the possible title win: “We know we are very close to win a title tomorrow but we have to get a point because it’s not over yet.”
On Marcelo: “Marcelo? He has suffered as a player because he has not played a lot this season. He is our captain and he’s a professional. He’s been perfect for his teammates. I respect him a lot.”
On celebrations: “Celebrating tomorrow? We have not thought about it yet but if we win we will celebrate it of course.”
On Benzema and Vinicius resting: “Vinicius and Benzema? They can rest tomorrow yes, but if a player is fine he will play. I will bench the players who are tired and not because it’s an easier game tomorrow.”
On the starting XI: “I can’t use Alaba, Nacho and Militao tomorrow so Vallejo will play tomorrow. I could use Casemiro as CB because he has recovered.”
“We have many options for the midfield tomorrow because all of them have recovered after the City game.”
On Casemiro’s replacement: “We don’t need a replacement for Casemiro because we have many players who can play in that role. Kroos, Camavinga…”
On Marco Asensio: “Asensio is fresh and can start tomorrow. I will evaluate what to do with Benzema.”
On David Alaba: “Alaba has suffered the same problem in the abductor he suffered the last week. I don’t know if he will play against City, we have to wait until Tuesday.”
On Mauricio Pochettino’s words about Mbappe: “What Pochettino said about Mbappe? I think all the Madridistas are thinking about La Liga and the Champions League right now. Only about that.”
“Pochettino said Mbappe will 100% stay? Sometimes coaches don’t tell the truth.”
On Madrid’s attack: “Many goals? Benzema is doing an amazing season, Vinicius has improved, Asensio has scored a lot of goals, Modric and Kroos have scored, Casemiro, Rodrygo…we have improved.”
On lineup selection: “I usually talk to my players to know how they feel but at the end I always decide who will play. The player’s opinion is important but not the most important.”
Source: Real Madrid Twitter
Real Madrid considering move for Manchester City superstar as club faces possible sanctions
Premier League has come up with a shocking statement, charging defending champions Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of the financial rule between 2009 to 2018.
The allegations levelled at Man City could lead to a point deduction for the defending champions or perhaps even expulsion. This could prove to be significant for not Premier League but European football in general.
To that end, a new report from Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation. They are aware of the fact that if Man City get sanctioned, it could rule them out of the chase for top target Jude Bellingham.
But more importantly, it may open up the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland in the near future. The Norwegian international was one of Man City’s smartest business move in the summer when they roped in the star striker for a meagre fee.
However, Spanish media believes Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around €200 million. It could be activated in the summer of 2024 and clubs like Real Madrid are said to be interested in activating the clause.
But in light of the recent allegations made against Man City, Real Madrid are anticipating a potential mass exodus, and could make an early move for the forward, especially if the English giants get sanctioned by the Premier League board.
It goes without saying that Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun since joining the Premier League outfit, is someone who demands to play at the highest level of football. It was one of the key reasons he joined Man City – a club that can offer consistency in terms of sporting success.
But a potential sanction for City could change the dynamic, possibly paving the way for a club like Real Madrid to establish themselves as an excellent suitor for Haaland.