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Real Madrid leaders request Ancelotti for ‘full focus’ on Copa del Rey as well – report

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Real Madrid have enjoyed great success so far under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti. The veteran manager helped the club secure the Champions League title last season while also clinching La Liga from the hands of Atletico Madrid.

However, despite Real Madrid’s dominance in both the league and UCL, the club feel they are missing out on an important trophy: Copa del Rey.

According to a report from Diario AS (h/t Madrid Zone), there was a message inside the Real Madrid camp after last season: to win the Copa del Rey.

Real Madrid have lagged behind Barcelona and other rivals when it comes to Copa del Rey in recent years. They have not won the competition since the 2013/14 campaign. Incidentally, it was Ancelotti who was the head coach of Real Madrid at the time.

Last season, Los Blancos could only make it as far as the quarter-finals of the competition, at which point they were eliminated by Athletic Club.

With that in mind, the Real Madrid leaders have requested Ancelotti at the start of the season that the club put ‘full focus’ on Copa del Rey as well, along with La Liga and the Champions Laegue.

The Merengues have won the competition 19 times, but are behind Barcelona and Athletic Club in the all-time list. Real Betis are currently the defending champions, having beaten Valencia in the final earlier this year.

As far as the 2022/23 season is concerned, Real Madrid are yet to kickstart their Copa del Rey campaign so far, with the competition currently in the qualifying stages.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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