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Real Madrid boss Ancelotti sent La Liga title race warning by Barcelona’s Xavi

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As things stand, reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid are sitting pretty at the top of the table, with six wins out of six.

However, Barcelona are breathing down their arch rivals’ necks, with only two points separating both sides so far. With the Catalan giants being a much bigger all-round threat this season, Xavi gave Carlo Ancelotti a warning as both tacticians met at a managerial summit.

This year we’re closer [to winning the league], I think so”, he said, as quoted by El Chiringuito.

During the 2021/22 campaign, Los Blancos finished above the Blaugrana by a sizeable 13 points.

However, the additions of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Hector Bellerin and Marcos Alonso have significantly elevated this Barça side.

While Xavi’s take is anything but false, it is also key to note that the side from the Spanish capital also look a cut above in the ongoing term.

With Aurelien Tchouameni’s arrival, the youngster is already levels above Casemiro on the ball, which has made Real Madrid a better outfit in possession as a whole.

In addition, one of the most complete footballers in the world in Federico Valverde has now added output to his game, which means Ancelotti’s men have an additional goal threat at their disposal.

Also, Rodrygo looks like the ideal understudy to Karim Benzema, which coupled with Valverde’s improved productivity, indicates that the European champions are not as reliant on the club captain and Vinicius Jr. to score goals.

Furthermore, Los Merengues have much more experience in their ranks than Barcelona, which continues to give them the edge in the title race. While Xavi’s men have certainly improved and will certainly push Real Madrid, the latter are also reaching new levels this season.

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Official: Real Madrid squad list against Real Sociedad

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Real Madrid will be aiming to continue their recent winning streak when they take on third-placed Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday.

Los Blancos have picked up three wins in three games against Villarreal, Athletic Club and Atletico Madrid. Given that Barcelona already have a lead at the top of the table, Carlo Ancelotti’s men cannot afford any slip-up against Sociedad tomorrow.

Ahead of the much-anticipated contest at the Santiago Bernabeu, manager Ancelotti has announced the Real Madrid squad list for the game.

Dani Carvajal, who trained normally today, is still not back on the roster, with Ancelotti already admitting that the Spaniard could return against Valencia next week.

Meanwhile, David Alaba, Aurelien Tchouameni and Lucas Vazquez also remain unavailable while Ferland Mendy misses out after picking up a hamstring injury against Atletico Madrid.

Rodrygo Goes, who also sustained a knock in the game against Atletico, is fully fit and on the squad list for the Real Sociedad encounter. Eden Hazard is also back after missing the last two matches with an injury.

Castilla midfielder Mario Martin, who made his senior debut against the Rojiblancos is retained on the list by Ancelotti.

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