Real Madrid fans have been made to wait a little longer to see the club’s latest high-profile January signings.
During his pre-match press conference on Friday, manager Carlo Ancelotti commented on the possibility of midfielder Lucas Silva making his debut against Real Sociedad. The Italian boss said: “He is fine. He’ll be in the squad and he might get a few minutes.
But just prior to kick-off of today’s match against David Moyes’ side, Ancelotti elected to pull the Brazilian from his 18-man squad.
Following Real Madrid’s rousing 4-1 victory over La Real, the manager gave his explanation as to why he elected to omit the 21-year-old defensive midfielder from his match day squad.
“I left him out because he’s only been here a week and he needs to train to improve his physical condition and catch up to the level of the others,” Ancelotti said. “He’ll be ready very soon.”
When asked what he’s seen from the young Brazilian during his first few days of training, the Real Madrid manager said: “Lucas Silva has a good shot on him, he passes well, and he has always played in a double pivot formation [with Cruzeiro]. He can play instead of Kroos, of course, but he can also do what Illarramendi did today, playing on the outside partnering Kroos.”
Club supporters will also be disappointed to hear the news that Real Madrid Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane has decided to leave Norway international Martin Odegaard out of the B team’s squad for tomorrow match at Trival Valderas.
While Zidane hasn’t been reached for comment, it’s believed that the former France international and Real Madrid legend feels the teenage prodigy hasn’t had enough training to merit a run-out with the reserve team.
Odegaard joined the Spanish club on January 22nd, but only began training this week.
The next opportunity for the Norwegian wonderkid to make his debut for Castilla will be next Sunday (February 8th) when Athletic Bibao B arrives in the Spanish capital.
While Lucas Silva could see his first action on Wednesday when Sevilla come to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Goals from Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez and a brace from striker Karim Benzema were more than enough to see Real Madrid coast past Real Sociedad earlier today. Although a thunderous header from Aritz Elustondo opened the scoring for the visitors in the first minute, the reigning Club World Cup and European champions put on the flare and routed La Real to remain on top of the La Liga table.
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