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Real Madrid ‘need to be careful’ heading into El Clasico, warns Barcelona summer signing

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Speaking to Movistar+, Barcelona summer arrival Raphinha has told Real Madrid that they are the team who need to be careful heading into this weekend’s El Clasico.

Real Madrid host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Carlo Ancelotti’s men are currently trailing their bitter rivals in the La Liga table, level on points but behind on goal difference.

So, apart from the usual pressure that comes with El Clasico, there will also be the added pressure of the top spot in La Liga being on the line.

However, Raphinha reckons that it is Real Madrid who need to be worried heading into the game as Barcelona are at the top of the standings.

“We are the leaders. If there’s a team that needs to be careful, it’s them,” Raphinha said.

While they are yet to lose a single game in La Liga this season, neither team is in the best moment heading into Sunday’s blockbuster clash, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona somewhat losing their momentum after the international break.

Los Blancos go into the contest on the back of a 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk that helped them qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Meanwhile, Barcelona played out a 3-3 draw against Inter Milan on Wednesday that left them on the cusp of another group-stage exit from Europe’s premier competition.

Despite the result in midweek, there will be some confidence in the Catalan camp, considering that they had thrashed Los Blancos 4-0 on their last visit to the Spanish capital in March earlier this year.

Needless to say, there will be intense pressure on both teams come Sunday and the atmosphere at the Bernabeu will be like a cauldron. Whoever clinches a win could get an early headway in the title race.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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