Ancelotti talks Bellingham, Camavinga, Garcia, Alli, El Clasico, formation change

Ancelotti talks Bellingham, Camavinga, Garcia, Alli, El Clasico, formation change

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media during the ongoing pre-season, discussing various topics. 

With new additions like Jude Bellingham, Joselu, Arda Guler, and Fran Garcia, the 64-year-old is considering altering the team’s formation to optimize the new players’ positions.

Addressing the same in the presser, the Real Madrid boss said (h/t Mundo Deportivo): “It could be that this year we will play with a different system. We have to find a new style, especially on the tour, which is an important part of the pre-season.”

“The players have to feel comfortable in the system they play,” he added.

Regarding Bellingham, who joined the team for a deal worth €103 million plus additional incentives, Ancelotti stated:

“Bellingham is working hard, he had a little problem on holiday, on his knee, but now he’s fine and he will play on this tour.”

Ancelotti heavily utilized young player Eduardo Camavinga as a temporary left-back last season. However, the manager has confirmed that Camavinga will not continue in that position next season, stating:

“The idea is that Camavinga will play as an interior midfielder or as a pivot. When we have the left-back occupied with Fran Garcia or Mendy, he is not going to play there.”

Real Madrid has exciting pre-season matches scheduled in the USA against AC Milan, Manchester United, Barcelona, and Juventus. The highly anticipated Clasico, which created a buzz last year in the US, is expected to be the main attraction once again. 

Ancelotti expressed his anticipation for another thrilling encounter. “Against Barça there is no friendly. It’s a Clasico and we like to play it and win it. Everyone knows that they are spectacular games. They always have been because there is a very big rivalry.

“We saw it last year in a fantastic atmosphere. I think it’s going to be the same this year. It’s always like that. It’s a difficult, complicated game, but it’s clear that everyone likes to play (a Clasico). There is no friendly between Barcelona and Real Madrid and there never will be.”

With Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets making headlines by joining Inter Miami after leaving PSG and Barcelona, respectively, Major League Soccer (MLS) has taken center stage. Given the circumstances, Ancelotti was asked whether he would ever contemplate coaching in the United States.

In response, the Real Madrid boss said: “Well, football in the States has to compete with very strong sports, they are doing well and the signing of Messi will help them to improve. But the truth is that among (US) citizens there is a lot of passion.”

Ancelotti expressed admiration for Dele Alli and his recent interview, where he courageously opened up about the personal challenges he has been facing.

“I heard about this, sometimes in sport and life you have difficult moments and you have to use your strength to move on, I hope he can move on from this situation,” Ancelotti stated.

Ancelotti talks Bellingham, Camavinga, Garcia, Alli, El Clasico, formation change

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