Carlo Ancelotti talks about claims Real Madrid are at the end of an era
Carlo Ancelotti reacts to claims Real Madrid are at the end of an era.
Carlo Ancelotti has refuted assertions that Real Madrid is approaching the “end of an era” because players like Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos are nearing the end of their respective careers.
Real were thoroughly beaten by the Barcelona team in the recent Supercopa de Espana final, looking well off the pace against their youthful opposition at the King Fahd International Stadium on Sunday.
Since Modric, Kroos, Benzema, and co are all well into their 30s, fans and analysts alike have started to wonder how old the players Madrid presently relies on are as a result of this setback.
Speaking to the press ahead of the Los Blancos’ return to La Liga action, manager Ancelotti was keen to point out that there are plenty of young players in the squad which are slowly being embedded into the starting XI.
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“Everyone talks about Modric, Kroos, Benzema, but this is a young squad overall, with players like Camavinga, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Valverde, Militao, Tchouameni and those who’ll come in the future. I think this is the start of a cycle at this club,” he insisted.
“Some players are reaching the end of their careers, but others are coming in. Rather than this being the end of an era, I think it’s the start of a new one.”
When queried about the lack of academy graduates in the current first-team squad, Ancelotti responded, “It’s hard to say why because I think Real Madrid have a good academy. More players will come out in the future I’m sure.
“There are times when players come out who can make the first team and other times when not. There is a generation of players born in 2004 that is coming through just now and they’re really good and will be ready for the first team soon.”