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Carlo Ancelotti talks Modric, Lunin after Real Betis 1-1 Real Madrid: “Fair result”

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Real Madrid dropped two vital points on Saturday night after a disappointing draw to Real Betis in Seville. The game was far from as bland as the result suggests with both parties having their fair share of chances.

However, it ended on level terms after both teams repeatedly erred in the face of goal.

Jude Bellingham opened the scoring for Los Blancos in the 53rd minute of the night, giving his side the initiative against the hosts. However, an unstoppable golazo from a distance was all it took for Los Verdiblancos to strike back.

Speaking to the media after his team’s 1-1 draw at Benito Villamarin, Carlo Ancelotti did not show much repentance over the dropped points. Speaking about the game and the events that unfolded on the field, the manager said,

“I don’t know if Modric was angry. It was a good match for both sides. We conceded a goal even though we were in control, but Betis did not deserve to lose.”

“We are satisfied with the match, it was good. We were disciplined, but they made it difficult for us because they played very well in my opinion. It is a difficult stadium, but now we have to think about the next matches,” he added.

The Italian tactician also expended his complete support for, and praised, Andriy Lunin who started in goal on the night deservedly.

“Lunin performed well today, and showed the required confidence and character,” he said about the in-form shot-stopper.

When asked about the two vital points dropped, the Real Madrid manager maintained and emphasised that even the best teams have their ups and downs.

“Things may not always go the way we want. It was a perfect match, full of mistakes and successes. We have to maintain our stability, this is a good thing and continue the good team dynamic.”

Commenting on Real Betis’ equaliser on the night which was made possible only through a rocket strike from the boot of Aitor Ruibal from over 25 yards out.

“They scored a great goal, which resulted in a draw. I am satisfied because it is difficult to win every game.”

“The goal they scored was amazing and I left the field satisfied with the performance. If you want me not to say I am satisfied, I can’t say that. I am happy at this point,” Ancelotti concluded.

Source: MARCA

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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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