It was carnage at Municipal de Balaidos as Real Madrid pulled off a stunning 4-1 win over Celta Vigo in Matchday 2 of La Liga. It was Los Blancos’ first game without Casemiro, but the team showed no signs of slowing down or stuttering.
The hosts were not completely outplayed on the night, for they had five shots blocked and a total of 15 attempts. However, it was Real Madrid’s precision in front of goal that set them apart.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press after his team’s impressive away victory where he talked about a range of topics, including Aurelien Tchouameni, Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema. Madrid Universal brings you the highlights of his press conference.
On Aurelien Tchouameni: “Tchouameni has very different qualities compared to Casemiro. I’m happy for him, he played well and enjoyed himself out there tonight.”
On Luka Modric’s performance: “Modric is timeless, immortal. He is always ready, he always plays well.”
On Rodrygo’s return: “Rodrygo is finally back, he will help us a lot.”
On Modric’s impact on the team: “Modric is the LEADER of this team, he is our reference.”
On Benzema’s decision to give Hazard the penalty: “I am happy that Benzema gave the penalty to Eden, it doesn’t matter that he missed.”
On Federico Valverde: “I think Fede gives his best from midfield, but he manages to play well in the right wing too. Rodrygo being back will help him and the team.”
On Eden Hazard’s form: “Eden Hazard is coming back to his best, he has shown it. The penalty miss does not change anything.”
Source: Real Madrid Twitter
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.