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Official: Real Madrid squad for the UCL final against Liverpool
The final game of the regular season is upon us as Real Madrid and Liverpool lock horns in the UEFA Champions League final. A replay of the 2018 final, fans can expect a lot of fireworks, especially given how the rest of the campaign has fared for both clubs.
Ahead of the mouth-watering clash, Carlo Ancelotti has announced the squad that will travel to Paris for the game. And for the first time this season, Real Madrid have the entire first-team at their disposal.
Eden Hazard returned to action earlier this month, playing 25 minutes against Cadiz in a 1-1 draw. Gareth Bale, too, is back in the squad after not playing for the team in over a month.
In midfield, the scintillating trifecta of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro will be in action, supplemented by Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, and Dani Ceballos.
This will likely be Marcelo’s final game in the white of Real Madrid, and as such, could get some minutes off the bench. All four centre-backs in David Alaba, Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez, and Jesus Vallejo travel, too.
📋✅ Our squad for the #UCL FINAL!#APorLa14 pic.twitter.com/SjX2zF0jWS— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) May 26, 2022
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Ancelotti hails Real Madrid attacker after Sevilla win: “He has significant qualities”
Real Madrid secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sevilla yesterday, in what was the club’s final away game of the season.
Rodrygo was the star performer of the game, racking up two goals and being handed the Man of the Match title. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on the Brazilian after the game, stating, “Rodrygo did well in the centre-forward role and he can also play there. He has different attributes.”
“If you can dribble through the middle you have a better chance of scoring than if you dribble out wide. Because of his quality, it’s easier for him to find opportunities in this area. He doesn’t have the physicality for aerial clashes, but he has significant qualities,” he added.
Rodrygo, though, was a bit annoyed with Ancelotti over his substitution as he ‘wanted to score another goal’. In response, Ancelotti said, “Rodrygo wanted to stay on the pitch to go for a hat trick, but I told him that we had different objectives. He wanted to score, but I didn’t want to concede a goal. We finished with four centre-backs and managed the game well.”
Ancelotti went on to laud the atmosphere at the Sanchez Pizjuan, especially as there were no insults hurled at any of the Real Madrid players. “The atmosphere in the stadium was great despite some whistling towards Ceballos. I didn’t hear any insults and so we’re on the right track. The fans should be congratulated,” he said.
“People have started to understand what to do in the stadium and what not to do. We have to continue in this vein,” he added.
The Real Madrid manager also talked about Alvaro Rodriguez, pointing out how the youngster has room to improve.
“He’s a really young player and he’s got talent. He’s had a slump in the last period. When he’s played with Castilla he hasn’t always been at his best. Today we needed him and we’ll bear him in mind for the future. He’s young and has room for improvement,” he said.
Ancelotti talked about the future of Marco Asensio as well, with the playmaker reportedly set to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
“On the subject of Asensio, I don’t know what the situation is, just as I don’t know about Nacho. Before the last game, everything will be cleared up. On a personal level, I’m sad to see them go because they are very important. We’ll prepare for next season depending on the decisions they make,” he said.
The Italian manager also offered an update on the availability of Vinicius, adding, “As far as Vinicius is concerned, he has two days to rest and we’ll see if he can play the last game.”
Finally, Ancelotti confirmed he will be supporting Roma in the UEFA Europa League final. He also revealed how he had a conflict of interest with Sevilla manager Jose Luis Mendilibar.
“I wished Mendilibar all the best for the Europa League final. I’ve had a conflict of interests because I was captain of Roma in the 70s. On Monday we’ll be celebrating the league forty years later. I’m a bit of a Roma fan, but I want the best team to win. Mourinho is truly a great friend of mine and my heart has a closer connection with Roma than it does with Sevilla,” he said.