The manager’s understanding of his players’ abilities is vital for any top football club. This trait is further amplified when the coach can motivate his men and believes in their quality.
When Real Madrid desperately needed a second goal against Almeria, all eyes were on Carlo Ancelotti to see what solution he could conjure. Once again, the manager showed the world why he is one of the best in the business.
In the 75th minute, Los Blancos won a free kick just outside the Andalusians’ box. Sighting the possibility of an opening, Davide Ancelotti immediately discussed the possibility of involving David Alaba with his father.
The Austrian was rushed onto the field in a hurried substitution and, just seconds later, scored the winning free-kick for Real Madrid.
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After the game, Alaba revealed that it was the manager who instilled confidence in him to take the free kick on the night.
“Before I came on, Ancelotti told me to take the free kick because I’d score it. After the goal he said to me: ‘Look, I told you’,” the Austrian said.
Not only is this incident a testament to Alaba’s brilliant set-piece abilities but also to Ancelotti’s trust in his players. It is not surprising that the Italian has seen so much success in his professional career.
Ancelotti has been nominated for UEFA’s Best Men’s Coach award for the season 2021-22. He will compete with the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, but is widely touted as the favourite to walk away with the award.
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.