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Carlo Ancelotti says Vini and Rodrygo will score more than Real duo, talks Libertadores final and Arda Güler




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Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti faced the media on Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday night’s crucial game against Rayo Vallecano at the Bernabéu.

Los Blancos will have no option than a win if they want to stay at the top of the league log, especially considering that Girona are currently losing to Osasuna in Pamplona and Atleti dropped points yesterday.

The Italian answered various questions in and out of the team.

Firstly, Ancelotti talked about Saturday’s game.

“So far we have done well at home. The Bernabéu will always help us. It’s our home and now we can play a good game and keep the lead.”

On Arda Güler

“He has started training with the team this week. Tomorrow he will be in the squad list. Little by little he will have minutes.”

Camavinga as a pivot

“It’s an option, yes. Sometimes we play with a double pivot in some games. He is the player who comes closest to Tchouaméni because of his characteristics.”

Arda Güler’s role

“Arda Güler is an offensive player. He can play as a midfielder, center forward, as a right winger with an alternative foot.”


“There will be rotations in these three games. But the priority is tomorrow’s game, which we play against a solid and very well-organized team. The priority is to win tomorrow. We’ll see later. It’s a time to give a strong blow to the table with these three games, in the league and in the Champions League.”

Lack of goals from Vini and Rodrygo

“Rodrygo and Viniicus are going to score more goals throughout the season. They are going to score more than Bellingham and Joselu. We have no doubts about this. The important thing is that when Vini annd Rodrygo are not there, there will be Bellingham and Joselu, who are doing well. We are not in a hurry in this regard [Vini and Rodrygo not scoring].”

Epic competition

“It’s going to be a very competitive league this year. Until the end we are going to fight against Barcelona and Atléti and see what happens with Girona. We are going to fight until the end for the league.”

Does Bellingham have any flaws?

“At the moment he has not shown any defects. He doesn’t have to improve, at this level the important thing is continuity. What makes the difference in the great players is the continuity in the matches. So far he has had it. I also highlight the work he does with the ball and without the ball. His deployment at the physical level is very high for a player of these characteristics.”

Injury update

“Ceballos will be back to training next week. Mendy has not had an injury, just an overload and I think he will be ready for the game against Braga. Mendy is the reference left back and in some situations Camavinga can also contribute.”


“We are watching what he is doing. He is doing very well. He has a future and projection and is progressing very quickly.”

Fran Garcia

“Fran García is doing very well. The fact that he plays or doesn’t play depends on the competition here. He has had fewer minutes with Mendy. He is a left back that I like a lot and it doesn’t have to change his attitude. I like that he has this attitude because he is very positive in the locker room.”

The Copa Libertadores final

“I’ll watch the game to put on the Fluminense shirt, especially for Marcelo. Nothing against Boca Juniors, but here at Real Madrid we are very fans of Marcelo and I hope he can win another title.”

The Valencia-Vini case surrounding racism

“He is fine. I think he is unfortunately used to this. He is focused on his match and his work. I don’t have to tell him anything in this regard.”

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