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Real Madrid players believe they should have scored more goals against Barcelona – report



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Real Madrid booked a place in the finals of the Copa del Rey with an emphatic 4-0 victory over FC Barcelona on Wednesday night at Camp Nou.

Having gone into the game with a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, Los Blancos romped to a resounding victory over their eternal rivals to set up a date against CA Osasuna in the final and earn a chance to end their Copa del Rey drought.

After a watchful start, Real Madrid took the lead close to half-time through Vinicius Junior before Karim Benzema scored a brilliant second-half hattrick to heap misery on Barcelona.

Now, according to COPE (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid players are very happy with their performance against Barça. However, they believe that they should have scored more goals on the night than they managed to.

There were chances for Los Blancos to net more goals at Camp Nou. Rodrygo Goes had a very good opportunity to find the back of the net right after Benzema had made it 3-0 in the second period.

Benzema himself could have scored a goal just before his third when his glanced header from a Marco Asensio cross drifted wide. The latter, who came on as a second-half substitute, himself drew a save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen just before the fourth goal.

So, Real Madrid had chances to add more gloss to the scoreline which ultimately ended at 4-0 and they believe they should have taken those opportunities.

Regardless of that, it was a top showing from Carlo Ancelotti’s men and they must ensure to keep performing at this level for the remainder of the season if they are to win the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.

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Real Madrid chief scout surprised over summer signing’s lack of minutes



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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer. The youngster joined from Fenerbahce for a fee of €20 million and was regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Many expected Guler to follow the example of Jude Bellingham and become an instant hit at the Bernabeu.

Guler’s struggles at Real Madrid

However, with just one month remaining before the season comes to an end, it is fair to say that Guler has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu.

The Turkish international is yet to even muster 100 minutes of action this season. His progress was largely halted by injuries, but it must be noted that the player has been fit since the start of the year.

Yet, Guler has featured in only 31 minutes of league action, with a goal against Celta Vigo being his most notable contribution.

Looking for that one chance (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Juni Calafat surprised at Guler’s lack of gametime

In light of Guler’s struggles this season, a report from Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggests Real Madrid’s chief scout, Juni Calafat, is surprised at Guler’s lack of opportunities this season.

Calafat, who was crucial in unearthing talents such as Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde, is one of the great supporters of Guler.

But he is surprised with the way Carlo Ancelotti has handled Guler, not giving him enough opportunities to impress.

In fact, Guler’s struggles this season have led many to conspire about his future. A loan move has been suggested and there are no shortage of suitors either.

Ancelotti, for his part, has maintained that Guler is getting better physically. It appears the Italian is practising caution with the youngster, especially given his injury-related struggles during the first half of the campaign.

Following Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona, though, Guler will be hoping for more frequent opportunities in the league, as Ancelotti keeps one eye on the Champions League.

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