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Gattuso hails Ancelotti as the ‘best coach in the world’ ahead of Super Cup showdown

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After the disappointing defeat against Villarreal in La Liga, Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid will look to bounce back strongly when they take on Valencia in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.

The match will see Ancelotti go up against his former protege Gennaro Gattuso, who was a critical part of the 63-year-old’s all-conquering AC Milan outfit around two decades ago.

The two share great mutual respect and admiration, but their relationship has taken a hit after Gattuso succeeded Ancelotti as the manager of Napoli back in 2019, the former admitted.

“Now the relationship is a little bit…,” Gattuso told AS. “When I went to Napoli, he was the coach who left for me to come in. For a few months there was a lot of talk in the papers that the team wasn’t good when Carlo was there… it wasn’t good physically.

“In those two years, some things were not done right. But I have great respect for him. I spoke to him a year ago. He knows that for me he is phenomenal as a person and as a coach,” he said.

Heaping praise on the Real Madrid boss, Gattuso then went on to call Ancelotti the best coach in the world, while revealing what makes the 63-year-old tactician special, as he said:

“Ancelotti is the best coach in the world,” he said.

“Carlo comes from three or four generations ago. And he always has the key to get inside the players’ heads. Apart from tactics or his way of coaching, he is the best because of this. It seems easy but it’s not,” Gattuso explained.

Real Madrid will face off against Gattuso’s Valencia on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup. A win would set up a final against either Barcelona or Real Betis, who will lock horns in the second semi-finals on Thursday.

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Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager

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Real Madrid's Turkish midfielder #24 Arda Guler watches from the bench the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Real Madrid CF and SC Braga at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2023. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)
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The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.

It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.

Turkey manager speaks out

Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.

As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.

“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.

Vincenzo Montella wants Arda Guler to play more at Real Madrid. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.

“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”

Exit on the cards?

Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.

The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.

But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.

Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.

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