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Real Madrid technical staff believes 20-year-old starlet should be a regular starter



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Carlo Ancelotti has not always been fair with Eduardo Camavinga when it comes to utilising him at Real Madrid. The youngster is not a regular starter and when he has started, the 20-year-old has been repeatedly substituted at half-time.

But he continues to show that he is worth the hype around his name. And according to reports from AS, Real Madrid’s technical staff believes that Camavinga should become a regular starter in the team’s dynamics.

While Aurelien Tchouameni has quickly cemented his place as a starter under the Italian tactician, Camavinga has struggled to do the same so far owing to the strong competition for a place in the upper midfield. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are regular starters, making it difficult for Camavinga to see minutes.

However, his situation could now see a turnaround after the Frenchman’s surprising performance in the recent La Liga clash against Athletic Club.

Ancelotti deployed him as the pivot during the game, and Camavinga took the opportunity with both hands showing the world that his true strength lies in defensive midfield.

Camavinga could now compete directly with Tchouameni for a starting spot as the deepest midfielder. Else, Ancelotti has the option of pairing the two French proteges in a double pivot, although that would sacrifice one player from the central midfield.

The 20-year-old has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season, albeit starting only on six occasions. He is yet to find the back of the net but has assisted one goal. 

The second half of the season could see the Frenchman rise to the spotlight as the Merengues face a tight schedule. With a game every three days, Ancelotti will look to use Camavinga more regularly and give him opportunities to cement his spot.

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Ancelotti hails Real Madrid attacker after Sevilla win: “He has significant qualities”



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Real Madrid secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sevilla yesterday, in what was the club’s final away game of the season.

Rodrygo was the star performer of the game, racking up two goals and being handed the Man of the Match title. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on the Brazilian after the game, stating, “Rodrygo did well in the centre-forward role and he can also play there. He has different attributes.”

“If you can dribble through the middle you have a better chance of scoring than if you dribble out wide. Because of his quality, it’s easier for him to find opportunities in this area. He doesn’t have the physicality for aerial clashes, but he has significant qualities,” he added.

Rodrygo, though, was a bit annoyed with Ancelotti over his substitution as he ‘wanted to score another goal’. In response, Ancelotti said, “Rodrygo wanted to stay on the pitch to go for a hat trick, but I told him that we had different objectives. He wanted to score, but I didn’t want to concede a goal. We finished with four centre-backs and managed the game well.”

Ancelotti went on to laud the atmosphere at the Sanchez Pizjuan, especially as there were no insults hurled at any of the Real Madrid players. “The atmosphere in the stadium was great despite some whistling towards Ceballos. I didn’t hear any insults and so we’re on the right track. The fans should be congratulated,” he said.

“People have started to understand what to do in the stadium and what not to do. We have to continue in this vein,” he added.

The Real Madrid manager also talked about Alvaro Rodriguez, pointing out how the youngster has room to improve.

“He’s a really young player and he’s got talent. He’s had a slump in the last period. When he’s played with Castilla he hasn’t always been at his best. Today we needed him and we’ll bear him in mind for the future. He’s young and has room for improvement,” he said.

Ancelotti talked about the future of Marco Asensio as well, with the playmaker reportedly set to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

“On the subject of Asensio, I don’t know what the situation is, just as I don’t know about Nacho. Before the last game, everything will be cleared up. On a personal level, I’m sad to see them go because they are very important. We’ll prepare for next season depending on the decisions they make,” he said.

The Italian manager also offered an update on the availability of Vinicius, adding, “As far as Vinicius is concerned, he has two days to rest and we’ll see if he can play the last game.”

Finally, Ancelotti confirmed he will be supporting Roma in the UEFA Europa League final. He also revealed how he had a conflict of interest with Sevilla manager Jose Luis Mendilibar.

“I wished Mendilibar all the best for the Europa League final. I’ve had a conflict of interests because I was captain of Roma in the 70s. On Monday we’ll be celebrating the league forty years later. I’m a bit of a Roma fan, but I want the best team to win. Mourinho is truly a great friend of mine and my heart has a closer connection with Roma than it does with Sevilla,” he said.

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