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Carlo Ancelotti talks Endrick, Modric, Joselu, and Toni Kroos ahead of Real Madrid vs Villarreal

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After constantly triumphing on the trot, Real Madrid dropped points against Real Betis in their most recent La Liga encounter.

While the midweek clash against Union Berlin served as a morale booster, the Merengues are looking to continue racking up wins and reclaim the first position as they currently find themselves breathing down Girona’s necks.

Set to face off against Villarreal on Sunday, coach Carlo Ancelotti addressed the media’s pressing queries, via AS.

Touching upon the competition between Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ancelotti kept his cards close to his chest, not revealing the first-choice keeper for tomorrow’s big clash.

“I have already decided on tomorrow’s goalkeeper. They make me doubt, it’s obvious, because both of them are very good. But I’m not going to say who because I haven’t spoken to them yet.” he said.

Talk of Ancelotti renewing with Real Madrid, despite intensive speculations and links with Brazil, has been doing the rounds.

When asked if a renewal announcement would be his Christmas present, Ancelotti modestly acknowledged he is already reaping the gift of being Madrid’s coach, claiming:

“I already have the gift, being the coach of Real Madrid. That is the most important thing. We have time to think about the renewal.”

“We are in no rush. If the club is happy, I’m happy,” he added.

He was once again inquired about the timing of his rumored extension, to which he replied:

“It’s a simple question. I will be here until July 30, 2024. That is the time I have to deal with the renewal.”

Moving on to the Real Madrid-bound forward, Endrick, who is present in the Spanish capital as of now, Ancelotti expressed delight on his arrival, stating:

“We are delighted with him. He came to visit us and to watch the game. We have spoken with him. We have to wait until July.”

Offering him a word of advice he added, “I always tell young people that you have to enjoy the moment. We are delighted that he will be our player in July.”

The matter of penalties was also brought up, with Real Madrid enduring a difficult period from the spot this season, having missed all four penalties this season, including the pre-season.

After Modric’s miss against Union Berlin, Ancelotti has cleared the air, identifying Modric and Joselu as the spot-kick takers moving forward.

Last year they were taken by Benzema & then Modrić. Now Modric or Joselu will take them, depending on who is playing. We are working on it.” he remarked.

The decision regarding the Super League’s legitimacy is set to be declared on the 21st of December, which could potentially see Barcelona and Real Madrid receive €1 billion.

Commenting on the competition, the Italian said, “The Super League ruling on the 21st could be historic & change the world of football. We have to wait.”

While previous reports have stated Toni Kroos has no intention of taking back his international retirement, the German national team hopes to persuade him before the Euros next year.

Speaking on the rumors, Ancelotti praised his midfielder, declaring that Germany would be privileged to have him back.

If he returns, Germany will be lucky to have one of the best players & midfielders in the world.” the 64-year-old mentioned.

Pointing out the good form of the team and the strong opposition at hand, Ancelotti claimed,

“We are close to Christmas, but we are facing a great team. We’re in a good moment, the results show it. The group is motivated and eager to finish 2023 well.”

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  1. M.E Leboko

    December 17, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    I am very happy because of Madrid winning and having a ball control for most of game time.It is important that they won and shown dominance for the whole duration of time during when Endrick is in town.He will see what is expected of him.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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