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Ancelotti talks Vinicius, Benzema, Kroos, Rodrygo following Cadiz 0-2 Real Madrid

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Two late quick-fire goals helped Real Madrid get past Cadiz on Saturday night at Estadio Ramon de Carranza. Carlo Ancelotti’s men should have buried at least four goals on the night in all fairness but have no one to blame but themselves for poor finishing.

Nacho Fernandez broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute before Marco Asensio doubled the lead four minutes later with his second goal in as many appearances.

Ancelotti spoke to the media about a plethora of topics after his side’s 0-2 win over Cadiz and here are the snippets.

The Real Madrid coach began his press conference with a summary of his team’s performance and the positive takeaways.

“I’m pleased with the way the team played. It was a good performance at an important moment in the season. The players’ attitude on the pitch was outstanding, despite it not being easy to prepare for.”

He then commented on the dilemma in his mind, albeit a good one, that was created because of positive performances even by the backup players.

“These games create more doubts for me for Tuesday because a lot of players have played well. Tchouameni, Asensio, Ceballos, and Karim as always. We have doubts but also the peace of mind of having a lot of options on the bench.”

Ancelotti was then asked about the team’s fitness, especially given that they play two games per week on average while other teams in Spain play only one. Yet, he was optimistic about the fitness of his side and said,

“We’re doing really well and you can see that on the pitch. The team has energy and the fact that we have a 35-year-old who had a fantastic game on Wednesday night and three days later he put on another great display is a sign that the team’s doing well.”

La Liga is the only competition in which Los Blancos have suffered serious setbacks this season. With just nine games left in the competition, their chances of lifting the title are very slim. Ancelotti explained the reason for his men’s downfall in La Liga.

“We could do better in the league, but we suffered a lot in January. We dropped points that give us a disadvantage at the moment.”

Asked to specifically comment on Karim Benzema, who is set to play three matches in less than seven days, the Italian had only words of praise for the veteran striker.

“He looks in great shape to me, very fresh. He trained brilliantly yesterday. I told him I’d play him but bring him off when he got tired but he was fine until the end. He was disappointed not to have scored, but it was a pleasure to watch him. I didn’t want to bring him off because I was enjoying him being on the pitch and his nice link-up with Rodrygo.”

Toni Kroos and Vini Jr were both left out the Merengues’ squad to face Cadiz. However, the manager reassured fans that the duo would be back in action for the game at Stamford Bridge.

“They will play on Tuesday. They couldn’t play today because they both had small issues. They trained separately today but tomorrow they’ll train as normal and be fine for Tuesday.”

Ancelotti closed his press conference with a note on Marco Asensio and his impact in recent games. He acknowledged that the Spaniard had not gotten many opportunities this season, but commended his ability to make a difference.

“He’s replicating the levels he showed last year. He may have played a little less but he always delivers. He’s a decisive player because he can make the difference with his goals and assists.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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Real Madrid target will continue in the Bundesliga for next season, confirms club CEO

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Florian Wirtz has enjoyed a spectacular 2023/24 season and he has played an integral role in Bayer Leverkusen being crowned the Bundesliga champions this past weekend.

The 20-year-old has plundered 17 goals and 18 assists from 41 matches in all competitions, emerging as one of the best young players in Europe, with his game reaching a new level under Xabi Alonso.

Naturally, Real Madrid have taken note of Wirtz and his development and have set their sights on him as a target for the future.

Real Madrid are not the only club interested in the German international, though, with other clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool also keen.

Wirtz to continue at Bayer Leverkusen for now

Any move for Wirtz though will not be taking place in the summer this year, though, with Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro confirming as much in a recent interview.

“Florian Wirtz will stay with us next season. The plan is clear, together with his father,” Carro said in an interview with AS, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

Florian Wirtz is a man in demand. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

“There’s interest from many clubs, we can’t plan too long in football… but he’s staying,” he added.

Works in Real Madrid’s favour

Wirtz staying at Bayer Leverkusen for another season would work well into Real Madrid’s transfer plans.

After all, the Merengues have other priorities like Kylian Mbappe, Alphonso Davies, and Leny Yoro for the upcoming summer.

Wirtz is on the Spanish capital club’s agenda, but for the future, and him staying in the Bundesliga at least for another year gives Los Blancos a chance to go after him in 2025.

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