Real Madrid secured a 2-1 win over Cadiz on Thursday night and signed off the first half of their season with a strong performance. It was a much-needed victory for Los Blancos, especially after their recent defeat to Rayo Vallecano.
It was a Toni Kroos special at the Bernabeu as the German assisted Eder Militao’s opener before scoring the second goal on the night.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after his team’s win over Cadiz and spoke about Luka Modric and the World Cup amongst other topics. Here are the snippets from his press conference.
On Modric’s miss late in the game: “I told him he’s lucky that Croatia’s squad list for the World Cup is already announced (laughs).”
On not playing Marco Asensio: “Marco Asensio was a bit overloaded and tired so I preferred not to use him to avoid risks.”
On the pitch at Santiago Bernabeu: “I hope they will fix it now that there’s time.”
On the substitutions: “I didn’t want to substitute anyone tonight because all the players were good on the pitch. But then they scored so we needed something.”
On Toni Kroos’ role in the team: “I don’t think he has changed. His position is always the same, maybe now he defends more because Tchouaméni likes moving more.”
On the FIFA World Cup: “Of course, I’ll watch the games. I’ll support Brazil, Croatia, Spain, France, Uruguay, and Germany. I’ll cheer for my players.”
On Modric’s reaction to his miss: “Nothing, he still can’t believe it. He is a bit lost (laughs).”
On VAR not intervening over a possible foul on Rodrygo: “In Rodrygo’s action, they will have had their reasons for the VAR not to enter. It seems clear to me, it’s a punch.”
On Vinicius being provoked: “He is managing very well what is happening to him. He has particular control over rivals. In recent games, he has been hit many times and he has had good control.
“The other day I saw a statistic that is important for Spanish football. It says that of the five top European leagues La Liga has had the most red cards – 55 against 10 in the Premier League. I don’t want to say that today’s was red, which for me it is. But there are many that are not. This affects Spanish football, which is not ugly football.”
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Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager
The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.
It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.
Turkey manager speaks out
Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.
As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.
“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.
Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.
“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”
Exit on the cards?
Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.
The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.
But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.
Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.