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Ancelotti issues warning for Mbappé: "Vinicius will continue on the left wing"

Carlo Ancelotti looked ahead to Sunday's visit from Sevilla and spoke about other issues of the day at Real Madrid - Hazard, Haaland, Mbappe, Bale, the Champions League...

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Ancelotti issues warning for Mbappé: "Vinicius will continue on the left wing"
JAVIER GANDULDIARIO AS

Carlo Ancelotti attended the media to look ahead to Sunday's visit from Sevilla. Real Madrid go into the game top of the table on 30 points - just two more than their rivals who sit third.

Sevilla

"We'll be up against a highly organised side who will test us to the limit so we will need to be at our best. They are a side with a lot of qualities".

In which areas does Madrid need to improve?

"I have spoken about the future of the club, which has always been very clear. The new stadium... the squad we have - with a lot of young players, lots of quality, that suggests that the future is going to be better. I am not going to mention any names".

Injury list

"Valverde is in the list, Alaba trained today but he still has a little discomfort. We'll evaluate the situation tomorrow. If there is a slight risk of injury then he won't play. We're going to take any risks. Hazard ha trained, but he's still a little weak. He's been affected by the bout of gastroenteritishe had. He won't take part tomorrow. Bale has started individual training. Ceballos will be back working with the squad in the next few days".

What Witsel said about Hazard

"I'm not inside Hazard´s head. The only thing I can weigh up is what I see. He's had bad luck, he has a lot of quality and he wants to do the best he possibly can for the team. I think there are moments when he has had a hard time. I have personal experience of that myself. In the end, if you want it too, everything will work out. He's doing everything possible to succeed at Real Madrid".

Real Madrid could be the only Spanish team in the Champions League Last 16 

"All four Spanish clubs could still make the next round. We'll have to wait and see but I don't think we will be the only Spanish team in the last 16".

Rotating the team

"I make an evaluation before every game. I don't like changing something that is working well. If a player isn't tired I'm not going to rest him. There's a long way to go before we get to March/April. I always try to put out the best team but if someone isn't well then I'll make a change. I don't want to rest a player who isn¡t tired".

Jonathan Barnett's criticism of Madrid fans

"I've read that. It's comments from someone who I don't know personally. I know what he does - he's a football agent. What I do know is that isn't what Bale thinks. Bale does not think that way about the fans. Bale respects Real Madrid fans just as Real Madrid fans have always respected him. They might have whistled him a few times but he is not the only Real Madrid player who has been whistled by the crowd. I've got nothing to say about it. It's come from someone who I don't know".

Who do you prefer - Mbappé or Haaland?

"Hahahahaha... I like good players and both of them are very good".

Vinicius has played 16 games straight. Could he be tired? Where will he play if Mbappé joins_

"He wasn't at his usual level against Sheriff but not because he was tired. It was more to do with the game. He needs to play on the left and he will continue to do so whoever the club signs".

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