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Carlo Ancelotti talks Casemiro, Kroos, Tchouameni ahead of Celta Vigo clash



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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti shed light on several aspects during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Celta Vigo clash, including a few words on his own future as well as Casemiro’s.

Starting off by praising his Saturday’s opponent, the manager said that it is going to be a difficult match as Celta have ‘more resources than Almeria’.

“We have prepared well for the match. Celta have more resources than Almeria. It will be different. It will be an important match and we want to continue the good dynamics,” said the manager during the conference, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

The manager was bombarded with questions regarding Casemiro’s potential move to Manchester United. Speaking in the context, the Italian more or less confirmed the exit and also explained how the team is reacting to a sudden transfer.

“We see him with respect and we understand him,” highlighted the manager. 

“When he asks out we have to understand and respect him. We are neither angry nor sad. Of course, on a personal level, after so many years, you are not happy, but respect prevails for his decision,” he added.

Upon asking whether he tried to convince the Brazilian to stay, Ancelotti had a clear answer.

“No, he has helped us a lot and listening to his wishes there is no way to go back. If everything goes well for him, we have to wish him the best.”

Speaking further on the possible substitutions, Ancelotti said that he is not really worried as the team has got all the bases covered.

“We have good and many players for that position. Like Tchouameni, one of the best midfielders on the market. Kroos can also play there and Camavinga. 

“We have other players with other characteristics who can play. Tchouameni is more similar to Casemiro, but also Kroos can play there,” added the manager.

“Our midfielders now are Modrić, Kroos, Tchouameni, Valverde, Camavinga and Ceballos. 6 midfielders are enough for this season. They’re very very good.”

Finally, when asked about his own future and whether he would leave Real like Casemiro is about to, the manager did not rule out the possibility.

“Casemiro has understood very well what Real Madrid. But there comes a time when you want to try something new, even if you feel very well. It’s something personal and I understand it,” he concluded.

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Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report



Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.

The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.

The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.

The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday. 

In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.

Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.

It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.

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