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Carlo Ancelotti talks Vinicius, Rudiger, Nacho, Modric, Guler following Real Madrid 4-0 Celta Vigo

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Real Madrid had the chance to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the table over Girona and eight over Barcelona today with a win against Celta Vigo. And as expected, they did not fail to deliver.

A comfortable 4-0 win saw Madrid cruise to three points, with little to no threat from Celta Vigo.

The onslaught started in the 21st minute through Vinicius Jr after which back-to-back own goals in in the 79th and 88th minute essentially sealed the game. Arda Guler added the cherry on top with his first goal in white in added time.

Following the win, Carlo Ancelotti was asked about his team’s performance, and he did not shy away from comparing it to the dreadful showing he saw vs RB Leipzig in the UCL this week.

“It was easy to do better than Wednesday.”

“Every match is important, and this could have been a trap game,” he added.

He singled out Luka Modric, who was unquestionably the man of the match tonight despite not recording a single goal or assist.

“Luka played a great game. The fans don’t applaud him because they think it will be his final games, but because of his performance.”

Ancelotti shared a few private moments with his players following the win, hyping them up after the win. He was asked to share what he said to them, to which he replied, “I told Vinicius that he is the best. Then, I told Rudiger and Nacho the same.”

“Rudiger is a great player, he is also focused,” the manager added about the German centre-back.

And of course, one of the talking points was Guler finally breaking the deadlock on his Madrid account.

“He played very little, just a few minutes, but I was convinced that he could do something. He is showing all his quality. He will have a future here. Nobody thinks he has no future here. He is a great talent,” said Ancelotti.

“He has a great talent that he has shown today. In the future, I’m not saying tomorrow, he’s going to get more minutes.”

Source: AS

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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