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Ancelotti talks Valverde, Asensio, Courtois, Lunin, Ceballos after Elche 0-3 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid secured a six-point lead over rivals Barcelona with their 3-0 win over Elche on Wednesday night. Los Blancos were on point against the bottom-placed team, scoring three goals and giving the opposition few chances.

Fede Valverde opened the scoring in just the 11th minute before Karim Benzema doubled it 15 minutes after the hour mark. Marco Asensio put the game to bed with a late goal in the penultimate minute.

The visitors staggeringly had three goals ruled out by VAR at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero. The scoreline is flattering on Elche but the hosts too had their share of chances.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press after his team’s win in Elche and addressed topics including the goalkeeping situation. Here are the key points from his press conference.

On the target he had set for Federico Valverde this season: “Valverde has to fulfil our bet.”

On the abundance of quality in the team: “It’s pretty obvious there are more than 11 players who deserve to start.”

On Marco Asensio’s contract: “We haven’t talked about it. It’s true he has not played a lot but he will have more minutes in the future.”

On Thibaut Courtois’ situation: “Lunin was very good, he’s been ready to replace Courtois. But he will return on the bench now that Courtois is back.”

On Dani Ceballos: “I think Dani Ceballos will be back next week. Courtois on Saturday.”

On Federico Valderde’s profile: “I’m surprised by Fede Valverde. He’s good at everything. He’s a modern midfielder.”

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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