Dani Carvajal was one of the star performers for Real Madrid as they signed off for the international break with a stellar 5-1 win over Valencia this weekend.
One of the highlights of the game saw Carvajal score a stunning opener from outside of the box. It will easily go down as one of the best goals of the matchweek.
With two goals and two assists, coupled with 14 competitive appearances, Carvajal has been a key unit in the Real Madrid squad this season.
One of the main reasons behind his success this season is Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to deploy him in a slightly more attacking role than usual.
In a recent interview, Carvajal hailed Ancelotti’s system, stating (h/t MARCA), “This system suits me, it always has. I have more freedom. That freedom puts me closer to the opposition’s goal.”
Carvajal has indeed scored two goals and has provided two assists in 11 La Liga matches this season. When asked about his goalscoring target for the season, the right-back quoted a figure of around five.
“A goal bet? I don’t know, I have two goals. I hope to reach four or five. But at the end, I want to win titles,” he said.
The Spaniard also reacted to a recent Real Madrid decision to rename the Real Madrid sports complex as Florentino Perez Sports City.
Carvajal welcomed the move, stating, “I think it’s fantastic that it bears his name, he deserves it.”
“For all the years he has been here, for how he has saved very difficult situations in the club, he has won everything, many titles, the management he is doing as players, as a team. He has marked an era,” he added.
Finally, Carvajal responded to Gerard Pique’s recent comments, where he said that no one will remember Real Madrid’s 14th Champions League title.
“I’m not going to go into a debate with Gerard. If he doesn’t want to remember it, don’t remember, but I think it’s going to be the most remembered one,” he said.
Just in: Real Madrid’s in-form superstar a doubt for Granada clash after not completing training session
In what could be yet another blow for Real Madrid as far as injuries and fitness problems are concerned, midfield superstar Jude Bellingham is considered a doubt for tomorrow’s clash against Granada.
Bellingham had already missed a couple of matches last month due to a shoulder issue but made a strong comeback after the international break, scoring goals against both Cadiz and Napoli.
However, the 20-year-old midfielder was unable to complete the training session with the rest of the team today and journalist Jose Luis Sanchez is now reporting that he is a doubt to face Granada.
Bellingham stepped onto the training field at the Valdebebas but only did a light running session before heading back to the gym to do some indoor work.
A clearer picture of his situation will emerge when Carlo Ancelotti comes out for his press conference.
But as things stand, the Real Madrid talisman appears to be a doubt to face Granada tomorrow, which will come as a blow for the team that has already lost a number of star players to injury.
It must be remembered that Bellingham’s shoulder injury is still not completely healed and that the Englishman could undergo surgery to fix the issue.
Whether his absence from today’s group training session has anything to do with that remains to be seen.