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
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.