Following a close-call 1-0 victory against Union Berlin in the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid now confront a formidable challenge this upcoming weekend. Since, they journey to the opposite end of the Spanish capital to take on their familiar rivals, Atletico Madrid.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team has been showcasing numerous strong offensive displays during the season. Yet they have been encountering challenges in converting their chances. Thus, frequently depending on Jude Bellingham to salvage the game in the closing moments.
Their upcoming challenge will undoubtedly be more demanding. Since, they face an Atletico side that has recently been winless in two games. Hence are determined to regain their momentum.
Real Madrid manager Ancelotti gives updates on injuries
Vinicius Jr has been absent from the last three games due to injury. But his availability for tomorrow’s match will be after following an evaluation today. Ancelotti said:
“He will be in the squad for tomorrow’s game. We will decide tomorrow if he starts or not.”
Regarding Arda Guler, the Turkish midfielder has not yet made his debut for the club. But there are expectations that he will be able to participate in team training as early as Monday. The manager said:
“Arda will start training with the team on Monday.”
Jude Bellingham’s early departure from Madrid’s training session yesterday raised concerns within the club. However, Ancelotti confirms that Bellingham will be available to play tomorrow and that there is no cause for alarm. The Real Madrid boss said:
“Jude Bellingham will play tomorrow.”
“I would not cry if he did not play. We have other players [laughs].”
Real Madrid boasts a squad filled with star talent, leading to situations where legendary midfielders like Toni Kroos and Luka Modric find themselves frequently excluded from the starting lineup. Reports suggest that both players are not happy with their current roles within the team.
Ancelotti had to draw a comparison between the Madrid derby and El Clasico and to express a preference for one over the other.
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