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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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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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