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Madrid brace for ‘most tough’ Napoli in UCL Acquire US

Carlo Ancelotti mentioned enjoying Napoli away will probably be Actual Madrid’s hardest check within the Champions League group stage this season, forward of the 14-time European Cup winners’ go to to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Tuesday.

Madrid and Napoli each have three factors forward of matchday two, after Madrid beat Union Berlin 1-0 on the Santiago Bernabeu and Napoli received 2-1 away at Braga.

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Ancelotti coached Napoli for a turbulent 19 months between 2018 and 2019, earlier than becoming a member of Everton after which returning to Actual Madrid, the place he has received six trophies throughout his second spell in cost.

“Napoli are probably the greatest groups in Italy,” Ancelotti mentioned in a information convention on Monday, when requested to evaluate final season’s Serie A winners. “They’ve maintained the identical construction [under new coach Rudi Garcia]. They’ve a excessive stage, they’ve people, and an environment which pushes them.

“It is a return to the previous. I had constructive moments there, in a fabulous metropolis. Some good moments, some much less good. It is probably the most tough recreation within the group.”

Ancelotti refused to be drawn on his relationship with Napoli proprietor Aurelio De Laurentiis, who has beforehand mentioned that the membership’s followers by no means took to the coach throughout his time there.

“I’ve an excellent relationship with everybody,” Ancelotti mentioned. “I’ve all the time mentioned that when there is no ‘feeling’ between a membership and a coach it is best to go away. It was the proper choice for Napoli and for me too. Now I am again with the very best membership on the earth.”

Jude Bellingham, scored Madrid’s winner in opposition to Union Berlin and already has seven objectives for the membership in all competitions, has drawn reward from all instructions this season, most notably from his teammates who practice with him every single day.

“World class gamers, gamers who make their mark on a group, have the traits that Jude has,” midfielder Federico Valverde mentioned. “Actual Madrid is one other step up and he is handled it extremely properly.

“He is a very good teammate, he is acquired a very good head on his shoulders. For positive he may very well be a captain who defines an period at Actual Madrid.”

Bellingham’s enjoying time, nonetheless, has come on the expense of Madrid veteran Luka Modric, who was an unused substitute within the group’s final two video games.

“It is shocking that Modric is not having the identical position as he is had previously,” Ancelotti admitted. “He performed the primary Champions League recreation, he performed the [Madrid] derby. It is a choice.

“Someday it is Modric, one other day it may very well be [Toni] Kroos, it may very well be [Aurelien] Tchouameni, [Eduardo] Camavinga. In each information convention there is a query like this and there is not a lot to elucidate. We now have seven midfielders and we play with 4.”

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