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Tensions rising at Real Madrid after Super Cup loss, Villarreal clash seen as a ‘final’



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According to MARCA, Real Madrid’s defeat to Barcelona in the finals of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday night has sent the alarm bells ringing. Tensions are said to be rising within the camp after a torrid start to the second half of the season post-World Cup.

Real Madrid resumed their campaign with a late, unconvincing win over Real Valladolid and just about managed to beat fourth-division side Cacereno in the Copa del Rey. Following that, Villarreal managed to get the better of Carlo Ancelotti’s men in La Liga.

As per the report, following the loss to Quique Setien’s side, doubts had started to creep in at Real Madrid as they flew to Riyadh for the Super Cup.

And the unconvincing display against Valencia, where they needed penalties to win the semi-finals, only served to increase those doubts.

Ancelotti had made it a point to warn the team about their defensive lapses in recent matches as well as the lack of intensity.

But on Sunday, Real Madrid seemed to have not heeded their manager’s repeated warnings as they were all over the place defensively, while they failed to show the heart and fight one usually associates with them.

Each of Barcelona’s three games came from the Merengues being unable to deal with the opponents’ press while they hardly offered much bite going forward on the night, with Karim Benzema’s late goal coming as a mere consolation.

While the Spanish Super Cup is not seen as a major title, it is still a trophy, and Real Madrid pride themselves on winning silverware. And losing to their arch-rivals in the manner that they did has now seen tensions increase within the camp.

Following the disappointment, Real Madrid are now viewing the upcoming Copa del Rey clash against Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica as a ‘final’ of sorts.

Their record away against the Yellow Submarines has been abysmal in recent times and Ancelotti & co. will need to produce a strong reaction to ease any talks of crisis at the club after the poor run of results.

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  1. Pat Grey

    January 16, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    The old coach no longer has the energy and inspiration to lead the team. He misreads his players, makes terrible miscalculations in his team selection, fails to realize the need to recruit good strikers and aggressive defenders, and always babbling about not needing any additions to his ageing players and feckless wingers! He needs to be replaced asap.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace



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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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