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Ancelotti talks Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius, and Jovic following Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid fell to a 1-0 defeat to local rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday night in what was a fairly neck-to-neck encounter. In the end, it was a first-half penalty from Yannick Carrasco that separated the two sides at full time and gave Simeone’s side three points.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press after his team’s loss and addressed topics ranging from the upcoming UCL final to the areas where his team needed to improve.

Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric did not start the game against Los Rojiblancos, but the manager assured that they would be back for the next game.

“Vini, Benzema and Modric are starting next game. We need these games to get into rhythm for the UCL final.”

Speaking about Luka Jovic, who got a rare start on the night, Ancelotti said that the Serbian international played despite having health issues.

“Jovic played despite having gastroenteritis yesterday.”

The manager did not hold back when asked about Federico Valverde, and had big words for the Uruguayan midfielder.

“Valverde is a STARTER now.”

The coach then mocked at the media for not asking about penalties, referring to the criticism of Benzema last week.

“We don’t talk about the penalty today?”

Ancelotti then spoke about rotating the squad and said it was necessary to avoid any injuries. Heading into the Champions League final, he maintained that it was the priority.

“Our priority right now is to avoid physical problems. That’s why we will rotate a lot. That’s the priority.”

When asked about the final against Liverpool in Paris, the manager said they would begin preparation later in the month.

“We will start working on the UCL final after the Cadiz game. We will have two weeks before the game.”

Three league games remain this season, and Ancelotti said that he would continue to rotate players during those games.

“We will rotate all the players in these La Liga games. We have time to recover and be ready for the final on the 28th.”

With the league won, domestic results carry no importance for Los Blancos. He did not show any regret over the result in the derby, saying that they did not need points. On the contrary, though, Ancelotti said that their second-half performance was much better.

“We didn’t need points today. We needed to rest the main players and let the ones who have played less play.”

“We were not happy because we missed a lot of passes during the first half. We were better in the 2nd half.”

Source: RMTV

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What is the price tag on Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid jersey?

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Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at Real Madrid has sparked a frenzy among football fans, with the club swiftly making his iconic jersey available for purchase starting July 11. 

Notably, before July 11, eager fans could not get their hands on a jersey featuring Mbappe’s name and number 9, as he was under contract with PSG until June 30. 

However, once the clock struck July 11, enthusiasts could finally purchase his jerseys in various styles, prompting a rapid sell-out at the Adidas store within hours.

The pricing of these jerseys has garnered significant attention, varying not only by size but also by the type of jersey—Replica or Authentic—that fans choose, reports Diario AS.

Initially, the Real Madrid online store listed the Replica version of Mbappe’s jersey at €100, while the Authentic version, identical to those worn by the team’s players, was priced at €160. 

What are the prices of Mbappe’s Real Madrid shirt?

Kylian Mbappe’s Real Madrid shirt is being sold like a hotcake. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The highest-priced option is the Authentic Mbappe Men’s Home Kit Shirt, retailing at €185. This premium version allows fans to add additional patches such as La Liga or Champions League badges for an extra charge. 

Surprisingly, the women’s version of the jersey is priced equivalently, reflecting gender-neutral pricing practices, while the children’s edition is slightly more affordable at €130. 

Furthermore, even the youngest fans can join in the excitement with a baby version of the jersey priced at €80.

Meanwhile, for those looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Mbappe Men’s Home Shirt comes in at €120. 

Fans can customize these shirts with either a La Liga or Champions League patch for an additional €15, affixed uniquely on the right sleeve, opposite the iconic HP logo on the left, a prominent sponsor of the club. 

These prices apply to the short-sleeved versions; opting for long sleeves incurs a slightly lower cost. 

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