"Nobody can replace him": The player Ancelotti can't do without
The Italian spoke after Real Madrid loss in pre season against Barcelona, and he made it clear who he thinks was missing
Real Madrid fell to FC Barcelona in an exciting match in their pre season clash in the United States. In the first El Clásico of the season, the two teams made it clear that this friendly rivalry has nothing and took to the field with several of their figures. But the Merengues did not have the biggest icon of the squad, Karim Benzema, an absence that was felt in the match and that was a determining factor according Carlo Ancelotti: "Nobody in the world can replace Karim".
Las Vegas was the scene of the first El Clásico of the season. FC Barcelona beat Real Madrid with a brilliant goal from Raphinha, the Culé's stellar reinforcement in the market, in a match that had all the right elements: intensity, fight, many scoring chances and even a strong stand off between the players from both teams.
Carlo Ancelotti sought to calm the waters after the defeat and faced the microphones as he left the dressing room: "In the second half we handled the ball better. In the first we defended well, with a low block, but we lacked a bit of quality that has been seen in the second half".
Despite talking about how the Merengues worked in the match, the most striking headline left by Ancelotti is about Karim Benzema, a player whom the Italian considers irreplaceable: "Benzema is the best in the world, no one can replace him. When Karim is not there you can tell that something we lack".
Along the same lines, Ancelotti assured that he will give the Frenchman some minutes in the next games: "He will play 45 minutes against América. On the 30th he will play more, there I will test the team that will play the Super Cup."
Finally, Ancelotti was satisfied with the squad that Real Madrid put together, despite the few reinforcements they brought: "The squad is complete, we have a better squad than last season". These words from the Italian surprised many, because although Benzema is irreplaceable, some feel Real Madrid could use a center forward who can fill the position when the Frenchman is not there, more so now that Luka Jovic has left for Fiorentina.