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Ancelotti talks Vinicius, Valverde, Benzema, Asensio after Real Madrid 3-1 Sevilla



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Real Madrid registered yet another thumping win on Saturday night to equal their best league start in close to a century. Sevilla had no answers to Los Blancos’ dominance as they went down 3-1.

Luka Modric opened the scoring in the fifth minute but the visitors equalised ten minutes after halftime through Erik Lamela. However, Lucas Vazquez and Federico Valverde struck in the death to give their team another win.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press after his team’s win over Sevilla and addressed topics including why he enjoyed coaching Real Madrid. Here are the snippets from his press interaction.

Vinicius Jr may not have gotten his name on the scoresheet but he was instrumental in creating the first two goals for Los Blancos. Speaking about the Brazilian’s performance, the manager said,

“Vinicius’ two assists are better than a goal, I congratulated him after the game and he must leave happy from this one.”

The man of the match, Federico Valverde, produced a stellar performance at the Bernabeu as he dominated the right flank on the night. However, he walked off the field limping and Ancelotti addressed the concern over Valverde’s injury.

“Valverde has a bruise. It hurts a little, we have to see the tests, I am not sure if he will be ready for the match against Leipzig. Karim will return next Sunday.”

On the bet between the two for Valverde to score ten goals this season, Ancelotti added:

“Bearing in mind that last year he scored only one goal, I have risked my card a lot, but he’s very responsible and he’s keeping me out of trouble. I don’t usually bet in general.”

The Italian tactician also provided an update on the situation of Karim Benzema, who was pulled out from the squad for the Sevilla game due to muscle fatigue.

“He will not be recovered on Tuesday, but I think he will be on Sunday. I am not worried about him because what he had yesterday is a very small thing,” Ancelotti said.

“It is true that he has not had much continuity, but healthy and motivated he is still very important for us, although the health of the squad is so great that we have been able to replace a player as important as him. That does not mean that Karim will not be important in the second part of the season.”

There was also praise for Marco Asensio, who has been impressive with his cameos recently, saying:

“He is a great player who can play for Real Madrid . He is taking advantage of the few minutes I am giving him and by the way he deserves more. Both he and Vini Jr. have made a difference today.”

Ancelotti also commented on the squad available at his disposal and had some special words for his players. “This is one of the best squads I’ve ever had, if not the best,” he insisted.

He then elaborated on why he enjoyed coaching the current Real Madrid team, saying that it all came down to one factor-trust.

“I like to coach this team because they don’t give me problems, they have full trust in what we are doing.”

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La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”



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Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.

Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.

Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.

On finances and Mbappe

He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”

“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.

Mbappe will soon be a Real Madrid player. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,

“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.

“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”

Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.

“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”

Praise for Bellingham

Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.

“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”

“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.

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