Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly told the Real Madrid squad that ‘physicality’ will be key to their plans moving forwards, having learned from his experiences at Everton.
That’s according to ABC, who cover the situation at the Bernabeu today and explain that players who are their physical peak are now being prioritised.
They centre their piece around Gareth Bale, who has picked up another hamstring injury and is set for another spell on the sidelines.
This has come at the worst time for the Welshman, who has found himself as a starter under Ancelotti and was ‘feeling the best’ he has in some time.
He’s determined to do well in his last year but knows he can’t risk himself with these type of injuries, something Real Madrid’s coaches and Ancelotti are also in agreement on.
He’s currently paying the price of the modern game, which is more ‘physically demanding’ than ever before, with it felt his muscle power, which is one of his biggest strengths, is also one of his biggest weaknesses. At the least, it makes him more susceptible to injuries.
Eden Hazard is also suffering from the same issue and has been told he must be ‘more effective’ if he is to be a starter moving forwards.
This is something Ancelotti is ‘categorical’ about as he believes the ‘physical pace’ of the Premier League is the future.
He’s applying this revolution at Real Madrid and believes he has improved as a coach because he’s gained more experience, particularly at Everton, where he experienced ‘the change European football is undergoing’ first hand.
What that means isn’t made clear, but it seems the Italian believes his experiences at Everton have made him a better coach for Real Madrid.
He’s reportedly spoken to his current squad on several occasions and told them that it is the players who are strongest physically who are dominating, and he wants his side to be the same.
Hence the likes of Bale and Hazard need to fight for their place with players who have a ‘torrent of power’, set to ‘reign in the future’.