Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti dismisses Barcelona title credentials


‘Not direct rivals’: Real Madrid boss Ancelotti speaks out on Barcelona’s title credentials‘Not direct rivals’: Real Madrid boss Ancelotti speaks out on Barcelona’s title credentials

Ancelotti dismisses Barcelona title chances

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed bitter rivals Barcelona as credible title challengers this season in La Liga.

As reported by Goal, the likes of Sevilla and Real Betis are currently viewed as a bigger threat to Los Blancos than the Blaugrana amid their struggles this season.

“Barca are not direct rivals now, because there are other teams closer like Sevilla or Betis. But they have the quality to move up the table and if I were Barcelona’s coach, I would say exactly the same as Xavi.”

At the least very least, Ancelotti has not written Barcelona off completely. Truly, despite their struggles before Xavi took over from Ronald Koeman – and in the aftermath as well – Barça still has plenty of quality throughout the team once everyone is fully fit and available at the Camp Nou.

The expected recruitment drive slated to begin in January should also help, with a number of big names linked with a move to the club in a bid by Xavi to add quality as soon as possible into the first-team.

Eden Hazard back in the fold at Real Madrid

Belgian icon Eden Hazard could be given a new lease on life at Real Madrid after Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the winger is set to start against Cadiz tomorrow.

Hazard has not featured in the matchday XI for Madrid under the Italian headmaster since matchday five in a 2-1 away win against Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium.

‘Not direct rivals’: Real Madrid boss Ancelotti speaks out on Barcelona’s title credentials‘Not direct rivals’: Real Madrid boss Ancelotti speaks out on Barcelona’s title credentials

VALENCIA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 22: Eden Hazard of Real Madrid reacts during the Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid CF at Ciutat de Valencia on February 22, 2020 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Morano/MB Media/Getty Images)

Having recently recovered from abdominal influenza, Hazard last made an appearance against Rayo Vallecano five matches ago in a 7-minute cameo.

Things have hardly gone according to plan for the wide-man after his superb stint at Chelsea, but there may be a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel for the native of La Louvière.


This article was edited by
Conor Laird.



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