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Ceballos talks following Real Madrid 4-2 Almeria: “My objective is to play”

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Luka Modric has been ruled out for at least two weeks after suffering a hamstring blow earlier this week. The setback could not have come at a worse time, for he is likely to miss both the Copa del Rey final and the first leg against Manchester City.

One player who has benefitted immensely from the Croatian International’s injury, however, is Dani Ceballos. Playing in a similar position, the midfielder can now hope to even start on the big nights coming up.

In fact, Carlo Ancelotti himself confirmed that Ceballos would be his best bet as a replacement for Luka Modric earlier this week.

“The one I see as the most similar in terms of characteristics is Ceballos, but we have different resources in midfield. What can’t be replaced is his experience in this type of situation.”

The 26-year-old ace spoke after Real Madrid’s win over Almeria and began his interview with a comment on how Modric’s injury was a blessing in disguise for him.

“Modrić’s injury is a pity but now there’s one more position in the midfield and I can enjoy these games. It’s very nice for me.”

The midfielder went on to detail the position in which he felt most comfortable on the field and also added a note on proving his worth as a starter to Carlo Ancelotti.

“I feel more comfortable on the left because I have a much wider periphery of the pitch. Playing on the right is a bit more complicated, but that’s what I have to do now.”

“I hope to achieve some continuity. It’s up to the coach to decide, but my objective is to get more playing time and that when he needs me he knows that he has a guarantee in this position. I’m very happy with the confidence he’s placed in me.”

Ceballos then went on to detail his relationship with Vinicius Jr on the field and the understanding the duo shared when on the ball.

“I understand him very well. We are very close and just by looking at each other, I know when he’s going to go into space or when he wants it to feet. That’s fundamental.”

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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