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You, Sir, Are Great
You know, whatever happens this season and from the end of the season onwards, we love Carlo. We do. Despite the Dance-of-the-Dragons-like CarloIn-CarloOut debates - some of which are better conducted than others, one has to admire what this man has achieved, as well as his overall persona and mannerisms. Carlo Ancelotti is a great man and he loves Real Madrid. Let’s stay behind him as we see how this crucial stretch of the season plays out.
Carlo Ancelotti on his future: “The club has to decide. I’d really love to stay at Real Madrid for my whole life, but it’s impossible. I want to continue here,” ⚪️ #RealMadrid— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 18, 2023
“If they want me to stay 3 months, I’ll enjoy 3 months. If they want 3 years, I’ll enjoy 3 years”. pic.twitter.com/k9YQfbANE4
Now Then... Another Clasico
I still think the Copa game is more important.
✅✅❓— LiveScore (@livescore) March 19, 2023
Real Madrid are looking to win three consecutive league games at Camp Nou for only the second time in history pic.twitter.com/KI3kT5SG9o
Last time at the Camp Nou pic.twitter.com/rCrYzkVPPr— Real Madrid Xtra (@RealMadridXtra) March 19, 2023
‼️ According to @diarioas, Real Madrid are expected to remain unchanged from the team that started vs Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/ezy37mEpPR— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) March 18, 2023
Gavi will start as the false left winger against Real Madrid today.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 19, 2023
— @sport pic.twitter.com/nqG9ZIesTc
Another Storyline as We Near the End of the Season
I think we ought to keep Ceballos. Asensio I’m less sold on, but we’re gonna have to evaluate the (available) options for the RW (and maybe versatility).
‼️ Ceballos & Asensio staying at Real Madrid is becoming more complicated day by day. @marca pic.twitter.com/ncjO9ghkHt— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) March 19, 2023
But somehow I think we should take this with a grain of salt... I think he’s just had quite a few injuries this season.
Karim Benzema deals with his physical fitness in the same way Cristiano Ronaldo did in his last season with Real Madrid. Cristiano had agreed with Zidane that his participation should largely be limited to the Champions League and home games.— Madrid Universal (@MadridUniversal) March 19, 2023
— @relevo pic.twitter.com/zD4asRPndn
Anybody Seen this Kiddo Play?
| Enzo Alves scored today his 100th goal for Real Madrid against Alcalá.— Real Madrid Fabrica (@FabricaMadrid) March 18, 2023
• 2017/18: 15 goals in 17 games
• 2018/19: 34 goals in 29 games
• 2019/20: 5 goals in 16 games
• 2020/21: 4 goals in 3 games
• 2021/22: 15 goals in 21 games
• 2022/23 so far: 28 goals in 13 games… https://t.co/TRmauZvpmE pic.twitter.com/wNxBehl8ZC
Ancelotti: “Eder Militão’s the best centre back in the world” ⚪️ #RealMadrid— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 18, 2023
“He’s not perfect because sometimes he is not 100% focused, also he is not that handsome!”, he added smiling. pic.twitter.com/dPgLRTp3Dp
Potter : "We'll surprise Real Madrid."— Dr Yash (@YashRMFC) March 18, 2023
Potter : "We won't go to Madrid." pic.twitter.com/PezgEjFV0d
5 years ago today, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his last hat-trick for Real Madrid.— MadridistaTV (@madridistatvYT) March 18, 2023