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Ancelotti wanted Arda Guler to take the penalty during Real Madrid 4-0 Girona – report

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There were very few negatives to take away from Real Madrid’s 4-0 triumph over Girona last weekend. Taking to the field in the virtually must-win clash, Los Blancos dished out their best performance yet, taking apart the Catalan opposition with surgical precision.

A big talking point on the night, however, was the late penalty that Real Madrid missed through Joselu that would have made the score five.

While the goal would certainly not change the outcome of the game, the penalty took to the news outlets for the negotiation that ensued over who would take the spot-kick.

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MARCA brings to the fore the entire story of what played out on the field after Arda Guler won the penalty for Real Madrid coming off the bench.

Immediately after winning the spot-kick, the Turkish sensation looked towards Brahim Diaz and Joselu in the hope of getting to strike the ball himself.

As a player who has been through endless pain since his arrival in Madrid, a first goal would go a long way in boosting his morale.

Aurelien Tchouameni also interceded and asked Joselu if Guler could take the penalty on the night. However, the veteran striker opted to take the shot himself.

Guler wanted to take the penalty he won. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

MARCA reports that it was, in fact, not only the players on the field who advocated for the youngster Turk to take the penalty.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti got up from his bench to convey to Dani Carvajal that he wanted Guler to strike the ball, but his son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti came from behind and advocated for Joselu’s experience despite the match situation.

Not a fairytale ending

After downing his teammates’ requests to allow Guler to take the spot-kick, Joselu himself failed to convert from the spot, and Real Madrid had to settle for a 4-0 scoreline.

While the goal itself was not very significant, the miss marked Real Madrid’s fifth penalty miss out of eight penalties this season.

After the striker’s miss, however, Guler was the first player to go and comfort him. Needless to say, it says a lot about the player and person the young Turkish star is.

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  1. Elfran Czeko

    February 15, 2024 at 5:29 am

    The last Real Madrid-Girona match got a lot of comments as to why Rodrygo was fielded instead of Joselu. The match result was Joselu-0 – Rodrygo-1. As to who should have taken the Penalty Shoot due to the foul against Guler, I would have agreed to Guler than Joselu. Why? Give the youngest player the chance after all, the the match was a won-game, given the 4-0 score in Madrid’s favor. I guess Joselu wanted to make up for his missed strike earlier, pero, sablay na naman ulit. In short, “deference” is word to learn much in all sports.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report

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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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