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Open Thread: November 28, 2021

Our Matchday Edition of the Daily Merengue!

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Carlo’s presser.

In the press-conference, Carlo mentioned Alaba still has some disconfort. The players can still play, but it will be decided today. According to Marca, Alaba is not playing tomorrow; Militao-Nacho will be the starting CBs.

Carlo also confirmed what we antecipate yesterday: Valverde is back in the squad and Hazard is out for the game. Finally, the coach said Ceballos will begin trainning with the rest of the team in a few days. The squad for the game is:

The coach also make an interesting comment regarding styles of play:

A good coach is the one who adapts the game to the characteristics of the players. If I have Modric and Kroos I cannot expect to press high. I would be an idiot if with an attacker like Vinicius, who has a moped under his feet, I didn’t aim for the counterattack.

Carlo also gave an interview for Corriere dello Sport.

Pogba won’t be signed.

Real Madrid won’t sign Pogba. Their idea for the midfield is a continuity of Casemiro, Kross, Modric, Valverde, Camavinga, and Blanco.