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Ancelotti talks Rodrygo, Modric, Rudiger, Bellingham following Cadiz 0-3 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid came through with a big result against Cadiz after Barcelona dropped points against Rayo Vallecano yesterday, winning 0-3 away from home.

Despite suffering from a million injuries, Carlo Ancelotti’s men did not let it impact their performance, with Rodrygo, especially, coming up clutch with two goals and an assist.

The Brazilian was never going to start, though, and was called into the lineup minutes before the game kicked off as Brahim Diaz picked up an intestinal issue ahead of the game.

“He suffered from an intestinal problem just before the game. Unlucky. I wanted to give Rodrygo some rest because he only trained yesterday after a long trip from Brazil,” Carlo Ancelotti explained post-game, as relayed by MARCA.

Ancelotti also updated the press about other players, starting with Luka Modric, who went down injured in the second half, and was replaced by Dani Ceballos. Fortunately, it has been deemed nothing more than an overload.

“It’s an overload. Just that. Modric was very good. He played in a different position today, very good in defence,” the Italian explained during the media interview.

As for Andriy Lunin, the Ukrainian was once again excellent in goal, but Ancelotti reminded everyone that Kepa will start whenever he is available.

“The important thing is that Lunin has been ready when Kepa has been injured, I think he will return in the game against Granada.”

Jude Bellingham, too, was suffering from shoulder problems, and reportedly had to take painkillers to participate in today’s game. He was subbed off right after he scored the third goal of the game in the 74th minute.

According to Ancelotti, “Jude is fine. He still has problems in his shoulder but he feels fine with the protection.”

Finally, the media asked him about Rudiger, who has been playing non-stop in Eder Militao, and then David Alaba’s absence. He has played 13 games in the league this season, missing the one due to suspension, while also regularly participating with the German national team.

“Today the doubt was Alaba or Rudiger. I preferred to rest Alaba because Cadiz use long balls a lot and Rudiger could help us more with that. Resting Rudiger could be an idea for the next games, though,” Ancelotti concluded.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or

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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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