Since becoming the coach of the Spanish national team, Luis Enrique has made it clear that he will do things his way. Form and numbers do not matter as long as the players can fit the bill for his style of play.
He has tried to implement a controlled JDP system with the team, in line with the same philosophy Barcelona have used for so many years. As such, it has never been surprising to see him nitpick players with more technical prowess than others.
Consequently, he has come under heavy scrutiny from Real Madrid fans who believe he is biased against their players.
Ahead of the UEFA Nations League fixtures this week, though, Lucho announced his squad featuring two Madrid stars – Daniel Carvajal and Marco Asensio. While the former’s inclusion is quite straightforward given his good form so far this season, the latter’s is quite surprising.
When asked about the inclusion of Asensio, among others like Ferran Torres and Jordi Alba, who have not quite played as many minutes, Enrique said:
“Clubs play many games. I trust a lot in what they offer. I must not lose confidence because they haven’t played for their clubs in a short space of time. They will play again.”
Evidently, he believes that Asensio can be an integral part of his team even if he continues to not feature for Los Blancos regularly. With that in mind, MARCA have reported that the winger has two goals in mind as of now.
Firstly, he wants to change his status at Real Madrid. Currently, he sits behind Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Federico Valverde, and possibly even Eden Hazard in the pecking order for Carlo Ancelotti.
He has lost a bit of his faith with the fans as well when he threw a fit on the bench against RCD Mallorca for not getting substituted on. Eventually, he scored against RB Leipzig, and apologised to the Santiago Bernabeu for his actions.
Secondly, Asensio wants to remain a part of the Spanish squad setup. He is dreaming of a call-up for the World Cup. A few solid performances during this international break can help him solidify a spot in the team, especially with the tournament round the corner.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.