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Carlo Ancelotti talks Mbappe, Vinicius, Carvajal, Rudiger, Bellingham following Real Madrid 4-0 Girona



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Real Madrid solidified their position at the top of the league table following a formidable 4-0 win over their closest competitor Girona on Saturday.

It was a statement performance from Los Blancos, who completely outplayed the opposition and have now established themselves as the favourite to seal the league title.

Speaking to the press after the game, coach Carlo Ancelotti was extremely happy with Real Madrid’s performance on the night.

“Being on the Real Madrid bench today, wow. Really enjoyed. It was a fantastic game,” Ancelotti said. “This is a big win. Girona is a very good team. Now we are well positioned in La Liga. This team is better when the task is more difficult.”

Ancelotti went on to talk about some of the individual performances, including that of Vinicius Junior, who produced an incredible display against Girona.

The Real Madrid coach hailed Vinicius as the best player in the world, stating, “Vinicius is the best in the world for me.”

Top performance from the Brazilian duo (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

When asked to name the top three players in the squad, Ancelotti added, “Top 3 players in the world? Vinicius, Bellingham and Rodrygo. Then Kroos, Valverde, Camavinga.”

The Italian manager also heaped praise on Dani Carvajal for expertly playing the role of a left-back. “Carvajal said it was the same, right or left, so I put him on the left because Tchouaméni preferred to play on the right. And it seemed that Carvajal had played 400 games in that position, unbelievable. You can’t say anything to Carvajal,” he said.

“Mendy and Lucas helped Tchouaméni and Carvajal. They were perfect,” he added.

Ancelotti was also asked about knocks endured by Jude Bellingham and Antonio Rudiger. He confirmed Rudiger will not play on Tuesday against RB Leipzig.

“Rüdiger? It’s not a new injury. It’s the knock he received vs Getafe. He will NOT play on Tuesday,” he said. However, the coach confirmed that Nacho will be back against Leipzig.

As for Bellingham, Ancelotti confirmed, “Bellingham has an ankle sprain. We will assess him tomorrow. Hopefully, Bellingham can be there [on Tuesday].”

The Real Madrid coach went on to praise Bellingham while suggesting that Real Madrid are well-covered even without the services of the Englishman.

“Bellingham reminds me of Zidane. Zidane had a higher technical quality but Bellingham has things that very few players have,” he said.

“Hopefully Bellingham will play on Tuesday. But whenever he didn’t play we used Brahim and Joselu, and we were ok. I will never be more worried than today. We played without centre-backs,” he added.

Finally, Ancelotti was asked about Kylian Mbappe amid rising speculation over the Frenchman’s potential move to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.

The Real Madrid coach refused to discuss his future, stating, “He’s a player of another team. I already have the best players in the world.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Real Madrid midfielder on Kylian Mbappe’s potential arrival: “He’s always welcome”



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Over the past few years, the story of Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid has dominated media outlets regularly. The 25-year-old has been at the club’s doorstep several times in the past, but the deal was never complicated.

There, is, however, something different about the rumours this time around. Mbappe has openly announced his departure from PSG not only to the administration but also to the dressing room, when his contract expires in the summer.

Furthermore, it has also been reported that Mbappe’s arrival has also been announced in the Real Madrid locker room.

Comment from a player

Despite rumours strongly doing the rounds, there has been a queer silence from the offices and dressing room of Real Madrid over Mbappe’s possible signing.

However, Los Blancos’ star midfielder Federico Valverde broke the ice over the World Cup winner’s arrival, saying,

“Kylian Mbappé is a great player, he’s always welcome,” he said via El Chiringuito.

As revealed recently, the Merengues have tabled a proposal involving wages between €19 million to €22 million per season, a Ballon d’Or clause of €15 million and a massive signing-on bonus for the player.

It remains to be seen, however, if the Frenchman’s entourage are satisfied with the offer.

Tactical manoeuvres

Mbappe’s arrival will bring another of world football’s elite names into the dressing room at Santiago Bernabeu.

With Vinicius Jr already firmly rooted in the left-wing position, however, Mbappe will not have his preferred position available at Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti thus sees three possible tactical adjustments to fit Mbappe into his dynamics. Two of the aforementioned three ideas see a 4-4-2 adopted with Rodrygo being dropped, while a 4-3-3 would mean Real Madrid sacrifice a midfielder like Eduardo Camavinga.

Needless to say, the pressure will be on Ancelotti to find a role for the Frenchman superstar without affecting the team’s current dynamics or balance.

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