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Ancelotti talks Rodrygo, Camavinga, Mendy, Casemiro ahead of Manchester City clash



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With La Liga a point away, Real Madrid are looking towards the Champions League to add further silver depth to their season. However, for a shot at the UCL, they will have to overcome one of the best sides in Europe – Manchester City.

The first of the two legs is set to take place at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow. Madrid will be hoping to take a leade similar to the one against Chelsea for any chance of reaching the finals.

Ahead of the semi-finals, Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media as part of his routine pre-game press conference. Madrid Universal follows all the quotes quote in this thread.

On the game: “Tomorrow we will fight to be in the final.”

“It will be an open match. We are happy that we are three games away from winning the title. We will face a strong team so my feelings are mixed.”

On Ferland Mendy: “Mendy is dine. We have doubts about Alaba and Casemiro. We will know soon if they will play or not.”

On lineup changes: “The doubt tomorrow is whether we start with Camavinga or Rodrygo.”

On La Liga: “We are not thinking about what might happen on Saturday. La Liga is much closer. It can be won at home, we are very happy that we might able to win it a month before the end.”

On the players: “My players are professionals, they always study the opponent and how to play well against them. We are ready for tomorrow’s match. The players made my life very easy Real Madrid.”

On the semi-final matchups: “There are two teams in the semis that noone expected to be there: Real Madrid and Villarreal.”

“I remember what the press was saying at the beginning of the season and I always said we will fight until the end.”

“I would not say that reaching the semis is an achievement for Real Madrid. Our history always pushes us to be in the finals, the achievement would be reaching the final.”

On Madrid’s UCL experience: “The history that Real Madrid has in this tournament means a lot to us, more than it does to our competitors. This story, which has developed over all these years, helps the players to feel the weight of this shirt.”

On their defensive tactics: “The defence will have an important role in tomorrow’s game. When City has possession, you can’t just look at them, you have to take the ball from then and then take advantage of it.”

On his return: “Why did I return? Because they needed a coach [laughs]. It’s simple, it was a dream to come back. This is not my decision. Real Madrid had confidence in me and now I’m enjoying it.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season




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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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