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Real Madrid players, manager have two objectives for the remainder of the season – report

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When Dani Carvajal faced the press after Real Madrid’s painful defeat to Manchester City, he insisted that their season was still not over and called for his teammates to finish strong in the four league games to come. 

There are still games left, we will try to finish as high as possible in the league and respect our opponents.”

There may not be much on the line for Real Madrid in terms of the league, especially given that Barcelona won the title last week with their win over Espanyol. Yet, to finish the season on a high would be a morale booster for the players and its importance cannot be understated.

According to reports from AS, Carlo Ancelotti and the Real Madrid players have set certain objectives for the final four games to ensure that they do not slacken. 

First, the team want to finish La Liga in the best possible position that they can. With the No. 1 slot already taken, they hope to get as close to the Blaugranas as possible and seal the second place.

Further, the Merengues wish to help Karim Benzema extend his goal tally, and in the process, beat Robert Lewandowski to the coveted Pichichi award.

With four games yet to be played, the Polish international is comfortably in the driver’s seat with 21 goals to his name. Benzema is in second place with 17 goals.

It is not entirely impossible for the Frenchman to claim the top scorer’s crown for the margin is just four goals. Moreover, Lewandowski is not in the best form and will even be without the services of key players like Pedri and Gavi this weekend.

On the league standings front, matters are far simpler. Real Madrid have a two-point lead over Atletico Madrid and just have to win their last four games to assure themselves of completing the objective.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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