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Former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello talks Ancelotti, Bellingham, Vinicius, Mbappe, Haaland



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Former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello has said that the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham will carry the legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s epic rivalry.

Speaking in an extensive interview with MARCA, he explained why he did not pick Haaland between the aforementioned players, saying that Mbappe and Bellingham are more technical than the Man City forward.

“For me, the two footballers who are going to fight like Messi and Cristiano did are Mbappé and Bellingham,” said Capello.

When asked why no Haaland, he added, “The two of them have more technical quality than Haaland. 

The Norwegian is a tremendous forward, an animal, and he is also technically, a goal-scoring man. But Mbappe and Bellingham have it all: goals, technical quality, dribbling. Haaland is an area player, the best as a pure forward, as number 9.

Capello’s thoughts on Carlo Ancelotti

Among other things Capello shed light on, he said that his national compatriot and current Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is the “number 1 in the world.”

He said that Ancelotti has won everything at Real Madrid and it is very difficult for anyone to match his potential.

“He has won everywhere he has worked. It is very difficult to win as much as Carlo has won. He goes to Germany and wins, he goes to England and wins, in Italy he goes and it’s not that he wins, it’s just that what he does is a miracle, I never thought he could win a title with the team he had.

Ancelotti is doing a great job at Real Madrid. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Capello added that Ancelotti does not have a fixed system. He adapts his strategy according to the opposition and the players he has at his disposal.

“He doesn’t have a system, it depends on the players he has. Knowing how to adapt is a sign of intelligence. You can’t always play with the same style, it depends on the players you have. 

“You have to put your players in the right place and with the game scheme that allows them to perform better, give them 100%.”

Capello in awe of Bellingham

Capello also expressed his admiration for Jude Bellingham. He was asked what has caught his attention more, the fact that he has so many goals or how quickly he has adapted to the club at such a young age. 

“The second, without a doubt. She would never have thought it, it’s been incredible. The English always have problems when they leave their country, but it is very possible that having passed through Germany before has helped them a lot. 

“He is a very complete player, he knows how to do everything. He does many things and he does them at a very high level, his quality is enormous. 

Bellingham has made a strong impact at Real Madrid. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

“There are complete players but at a medium or high level, but Bellingham is complete at a very high level, capable of making a difference. He does things you can’t imagine. Some passes he makes, and some moves he makes are unique.

Choosing between Mbappe and Haaland

Capello was asked if he were the current head coach of Real Madrid, who would he sign, Mbappe or Haaland? While he did not give a definitive answer, his approach said it all.

“Look, when I coached Milan we played one day against Bordeaux, who had a young footballer who was very, very good and his name was Zidane. 

“But I already had a good player in that position, Donadoni, and I didn’t need another player for that area. So we signed the player we needed for our squad, which was a centre forward.

“Mbappe is not a centre forward, he likes to play more on the wing. Madrid already has Vinicius in that wing, but Mbappe is Mbappe! 

“If Madrid is going to sign, they have to ask themselves if they have a centre forward now. And it doesn’t have it. He needs that more. But if you are going to look at technical quality, who is the better footballer, Mbappe is above Haaland.”

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Real Madrid chief scout surprised over summer signing’s lack of minutes



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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer. The youngster joined from Fenerbahce for a fee of €20 million and was regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Many expected Guler to follow the example of Jude Bellingham and become an instant hit at the Bernabeu.

Guler’s struggles at Real Madrid

However, with just one month remaining before the season comes to an end, it is fair to say that Guler has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu.

The Turkish international is yet to even muster 100 minutes of action this season. His progress was largely halted by injuries, but it must be noted that the player has been fit since the start of the year.

Yet, Guler has featured in only 31 minutes of league action, with a goal against Celta Vigo being his most notable contribution.

Looking for that one chance (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Juni Calafat surprised at Guler’s lack of gametime

In light of Guler’s struggles this season, a report from Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggests Real Madrid’s chief scout, Juni Calafat, is surprised at Guler’s lack of opportunities this season.

Calafat, who was crucial in unearthing talents such as Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde, is one of the great supporters of Guler.

But he is surprised with the way Carlo Ancelotti has handled Guler, not giving him enough opportunities to impress.

In fact, Guler’s struggles this season have led many to conspire about his future. A loan move has been suggested and there are no shortage of suitors either.

Ancelotti, for his part, has maintained that Guler is getting better physically. It appears the Italian is practising caution with the youngster, especially given his injury-related struggles during the first half of the campaign.

Following Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona, though, Guler will be hoping for more frequent opportunities in the league, as Ancelotti keeps one eye on the Champions League.

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