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Ancelotti talks Vazquez, Bellingham, Vinicius, Guler, Xavi after Real Madrid 3-2 Barcelona



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Carlo Ancelotti expressed his satisfaction following Real Madrid’s 3-2 win against Barcelona last night. 

Speaking during the post-match press conference, the coach emphasized the significance of securing three crucial points against their rivals during a week of intense physical effort where they also played Manchester City.

He appeared taken aback by the uproar surrounding referee Soto Grado’s decisions, acknowledging the controversial actions that provoked criticism from Barcelona fans.

“I don’t think about Xavi’s words, everyone has their own opinion,” said the manager as quoted by Mundo Deportivo

“For me, it is not a goal because there is no clear image. And as for the penalty, I have seen the play and it seems quite clear,” he added.

On Vazquez, Bellingham, Vinicius and Guler

Lucas Vazquez was the hero of the match, with the Spaniard not only getting on the scoresheet but also assisting the winner and drawing a penalty.

Speaking about his impact, the manager pressed on the importance of the player, saying that his presence helps the team a lot.

“He is a very important player, not only for what he did today but for the entire season. 

Lucas Vazquez and Jude Bellingham were on the scoresheet against Barcelona. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

“He competes with Carvajal, who I think is one of the best full-backs in the world, and has made the difference today as in many other games. 

“Carvajal could play, but there are players who are very good now, like Lucas or Modric. They help us a lot in this sense, after immense wear and tear like Wednesday,” said the manager.

On the other hand, Jude Bellingham finally ended his goalscoring drought last night. It must be noted that the England international last scored a goal against Girona in early February.

He went on a six-match goalscoring drought, something that came to an end against Barcelona. 

“He [Bellingham] arrived at the right time, he played the game with a lot of effort, working hard. Now this goal could be fundamental to winning the league,” said the manager.

Ancelotti also talked about the incident involving Vinicius Jr after it emerged that the Brazilian was not happy with his substitution. Speaking about it, the manager said,

“He didn’t like the change, he wanted to continue. The effort from the forwards has been tremendous, taking into account what happened at the Etihad. 

“We ask them to defend, work for the team, they are very fast, they always attack the depth… They wear themselves out a lot. I understand you, I wanted to continue, but we needed fresh legs.”

Lastly, the manager also assured that Arda Guler, who has played less than 100 minutes this season, will now get his chance.

“Now we will calmly evaluate everything. Guler will now have the minutes he wants,” said the manager.

Ancelotti’s thoughts on the league and man management

Real Madrid currently enjoy a stellar 11-point lead at the top of the table, effectively winning La Liga this season. When asked about the same, the manager said,

“It is a very important step that we have taken. We have a big advantage, but we cannot give up, we have to score more points, and we have to prepare for the Champions League semi-final.”

Carlo Ancelotti was happy with his side’s performance against Barcelona. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

He also suggested that although the team is now closer to the title, the players need rest considering the upcoming matches.

“Yes, much closer. We have other games. Now we need to rest well because it has been a very demanding, but unforgettable week.”

It has been an unforgettable week for Real Madrid as they got the better of Manchester City in Barcelona in just five days. 

Ancelotti needs a special mention for his man management and when asked about the same, the Italian explained,

“We are trying to recover as best as possible, some have not been able to recover yet, like Nacho or Mendy, and we have given them rest. 

“The best way to prepare for the season is to keep winning and starting on Friday. It’s a difficult game. To prepare well for the semi-final we have to do well on Friday,” he said.

Lastly, the Real Madrid manager also revealed the approach he took to get the better of Barcelona last night.

“We have tried to repeat what we did in the last games against Barcelona. Obviously, we have tried to push higher. Afterwards, there was a lack of success. 

“Sometimes the start from behind has been good, other times not. It was a game as it should be, and we did well. It has been a spectacular, unforgettable week. 

“We have done very well, it couldn’t be done better. Very few thought about it, but as usual, we have not given up,” he explained.

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‘Winning is what Real Madrid demands’ – Rudiger, Vinicius, Camavinga speak ahead of UCL final



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Today happens to be the UEFA open media day at Real Madrid ahead of this weekend’s UEFA Champions League finals against Borussia Dortmund in London.

As part of the media day, Real Madrid stars, Antonio Rudiger, Vinicius Jr., and Eduardo Camavinga, spoke to the club’s official channels to discuss the upcoming match and what they are expecting from it.

Rudiger on what it means to play for Real Madrid

Rudiger, who is in his second season as a Real Madrid player, outlined what it meant to play for the club and the demands that come with it, saying:

“For me, it’s very important to have good energy in the dressing room. Playing for this club is a dream come true. I try to enjoy it and that’s why I try to show my best version.

“Winning is what Real Madrid demands. All the best players want to come here and play these games.”

On facing his former team Dortmund in the UCL finals on Sunday, Rudiger remarked: “It will be a difficult game, it’s a final. They will be very well prepared, they are very dangerous on the counter-attack and in strategic plays.

“We have to be in good shape, be disciplined and score one more goal than them. We must not underestimate any of our opponents.”

Vinicius Jr. ready for a crucial week

Vinicius Jr., who is a strong contender to win the Ballon d’Or this year, insisted that this week was one of the most important ones of the season, saying:

“It’s a very important week and hopefully we can win again. We always think about winning. Hopefully, I can score, but the most important thing is to win. It’s a unique game and we have to start strong from the beginning.

“We’ve only lost two games and hopefully we can finish the season like this.”

Vinicius, Camavinga can’t wait for the UCL final. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

On his own game, the Brazilian added: “I’ve never been afraid of losing the ball and that’s what got me here. Not every player can wear this shirt or train with these legends. The togetherness of this team makes us happy.

On facing Dortmund, Vinicius remarked: “The German players are always difficult and they are very close to me, but we’ll see what the coach prepares to do the best.”

Camavinga looking forward to the UCL final

Meanwhile, Eduardo Camavinga stated that he could not wait for the day to come, unable to contain his excitement to play in the UCL final.

“I just want it to be Saturday already to play these kind of matches. We always want more and we want to win the final. We are playing in a mythical stadium, but I just want to win,” he said.

Discussing the team’s preparation for the Dortmund encounter, he added: “We have more concentration because it’s a final. During this week we are going to do everything to prepare for the final. We have a strong team and with good players it is easier to play.

“I thank the fans for their support and we want to win the 15th for you.”

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