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"I'm not thinking about making rotations," said Ancelotti. "We need our strongest team out there."

"Coaches who don't rotate, like me, are criticised as are those who do. I don't know what I can do to avoid being criticised," he said.

I hate to sound as if I know better than Ancelotti, I don't, but he has got to realise to win the league rotation is absolutely necessary. Looking at his record, he isn't exactly famous for his league success, more so for his cup successes. Perhaps his lack of rotation is why.

In his years as manager, he has won the league once in Italy, once in England, once in France. Just 3 times in his years as a manager, the same number of times he has won the Champions League.

You need to have different players all comfortable with each other, build chemistry. It doesn't work when you rotate out of necessity and the players look lost, having never played together much. We have squad players who are ready to get minutes, should have gotten minutes, but instead have sat on the bench occasionally getting minutes at the end of the game.
You guys keep saying Carlo should use a lot more substitution, but can you name me a single player on the bench that can replace anyone on the starting 11? I know it's hard to except this but we have a weak bench compared to Chelsea, Barça and certainly Bayern. When Luka comes back I'm sure we will see a little rotation between Isco, Modric and Silva, but honestly that's the only rotation I see from now until the end of the season.

I get that there are other players on the bench like Jese and Chichartio that deserve to get a little bit of playing time, but it's not like we've been playing amazingly in 2015. All the matches that I can think of off top my head we have struggled a little bit. Carlo is it very cautious man, he's not going to rotate anyone with the position that he is in at the moment.
I also think Ancelotti should use the bench alot more.. But I thio without James and modric on the pitch, we would be risking alot rotating right now.

Our bench is not weak realfan. The diference is moat of those players on the bench already have there position covered by considerably better players than them.

But seriously, for the sake of fatigue, we need to use our bench more and through that, our stronger players will be better fit not always playing like tired legs
I agree with Hikmat. I am not claiming I know better than Ancelotti either, but he's got to rotate players often. He rarely makes a three-men substitution during matches. I remember during the Mourinho Era. First substitution automatically comes at 60th minute, then second sub comes in followed by a third sub. And they were very tactical. Normally Higuain comes in for Benzema. But if we were down a goal, Mourinho would keep Benzema and add Higuain together. Mourinhio was also strategic with his squad selection. He promoted Morata and Jese, Varane and Nacho. He got Di Maria to join Higuain. Ozil and Khedira, Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altıntop (fail) Nevertheless he was the one who selected Modric. And he was the one who gave Callejon minutes. He also got Diego Lopez, Coentrao and Essien. I still want to see Ancelotti making those quality decision subs. Where the subbed player makes a difference. Or a strategic tactic-switch in mid game that would change the result from being one goal down, to winning 2-1 or something like that...
Pogba is an immense talent but seriously now who will Carlo bench for him to play? Isco? James? Modric? Kroos? who?

Ans with the knowledge that right now all 4 players mentioned are undoubted starters for any team.
Sell Isco to use for $3.14 million, buy Pogba for $150 million. Problem solved.
Sell us Isco, we'll even throw in Douglas in return
^^^^^^ LORD DOUGLAS
Carlo is expecting Modric to be ready for Schalke,and if not,then for Athletico certainly. The question is,for how much will he be ready in the Clasico? I would say he starts on the bench,and get's to play the second half only if needed. He's been away from the field for way to long,he will need time to get to his best.
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I didn't know Benzema was into hockey, he chose a good team to support haha

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11041810_10152604203226496_2573338722491094122_n.jpg?oh=0fbe4ac16a3ac5e895109635e6f85f75&oe=55885DFF&__gda__=1433864320_72bfbfdd31eba16a26231a83f8db761b

Speaking of hockey, the Leafs have got everyone in Toronto facepalming. So bad it's pretty funny haha.
Heard when all return to active duty that Isco based on current form will not be benched. Good or bad idea? Personally I think it's ok as if Mod returns to proper form quickly we'll see his attacking/defensive contribution along with Isco's and Kroos's so our midfield hopefully fingers crossed will be back to our devastating best.
Read the guys had a get together over some dinner to say we're in this together and we're the ones who're going to decide whether we lift any titles or not.

Great to see such happenings.
+3
Yea they went to FOX COOK in Madrid about 5 mins away from the Bernabeu I was there last summer wicked spot great vibe.
Tharius, why don't you show off a little more? Haha but that's awesome you got to visit Bernabeu. Once I go to Camp Nou one day, I will surely make a stop in Madrid and check out the stadiums there.
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I was there too in November :p
i was at the dinner...
I was the dinner...

Wait, am I doing this right?
Haters gon hate!!:P
Hahahahaha St1or you dirty bastard. But yeah, you guys are lucky. Can't wait till I finally visit Camp Nou. I will probably end up egging Bernabeu :p
ahah, I went to Camp Nou and Bernabeu last summer. They both were amazing. I took some grass from the the camp nou turf and put it in my pocket :P heheh
Future ballon d'Or and very underrated player. #Ilusionista

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGGg06HsKQY
+4
When he's at his best, he something of an Iniesta/Ronaldinho hybrid. Amazing player!
Isco is too good. I envy Madrid everytime I see him playing. He has potential to top legends if he keeps it up
What a gem of a player!
yeah he's improved so much in this season imo now that he's settled in madrid i suppose. a player like him cant be on the bench. you guys are really spoilt for talent
Our best player since the new year without a doubt.
So apparentley Simeone and assistant Monos Burgos confronted the coach of Bayer Leverkusen and even called him PUTO which if you dont speak spanish it means whore, their gripe was because they were unhappy with what they saw as a Bayer team playing WAY TO PHYSICAL and in thier eyes dirty.

LOL wow when the shoe is on the other foot and they are getting their own medicine. I like this Simeone less and less and [mod edit]

http://as.com/videos/2015/02/25/portada/1424901244_153233.html
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Simeone is still the same as he was while playing. Team player,very very hard working,and a constant motivator. He transferred that spirit to Atletico,and now they are basically a team molded by his style of play. But with that comes the bad par of him as well. Aggressive and dirty are the softest words i can think off in this case.
Typical

But I prefer Atletico be in the UCL as long as possible... Their squad depth is not great and will eventually burn them out - in the League as well.
Just like it burnt them out last year right?
Puto doesn't mean whore it is used in many different ways which are pretty much all derogatory
I thought whore was Puta? At least that's what people use in my country lol. Here, Puto is a delicious rice cake.
http://panlasangpinoy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Puto.jpg

Edit: Apparently there is a masculine form of puta. Didn't know that.
Yeah, I didn't expect anything else from Simeone. Great coach, terrible loser.

By the way, this is a good opportunity to display how one minor punctuation mark can make a sentence completely different:

I'll have me some of that puto, SRACon!

I'll have me some of that, puto SRACon!

Always be wary of what the media writes, they often leave out crucial bits of information or present their information in a way that sends out a very twisted version of reality.
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You're right, it's very easy to twist someone's words. It can be really quite hard to discern if what one hears or reads from the media is factual or not, all the more because we already have our own preconceived notion about something or someone.
puta madre
hijo de puta
puto
puta

they dont directly translate but all are curse words
I am Spanish speaking and was trying to state the literal translation and puta means whore,puto being the male version but used as an insult obviously.
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Tharius, is spanish your first or second language? Where did you learn spanish? What style/country?
Was born in Colombia spoke Spanish in my household even though my father is German, also lived in Spain from the age of 15-17, have travelled and encountered most countries in South America and central America and PUTA literally means what I said before, now it can be used in many conotations but if someone calls you an HIJO DE PUTA it litrerally means you are a son of a whore, and you should probably begin dropping your gloves to take off his nose.

http://www.spanishcentral.com/translate/puta

http://www.languagerealm.com/spanish/puta.php

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hijo_de_puta

http://www.interglot.com/dictionary/es/en/translate/puta

NOw if I were to say something like DE PUTA MADRE it would mean that is amazing, but it still would literally mean of a whores mother:)
Tharius, check your wall
You guys should realize this topic of conversation is not proper subject matter for Footytube. Doesn't matter how you say it its offensive. Shut er down!
Tharius, i am used to puta being used very differently. Puta madre is an expression of bad luck frustration anger and amazement
^ Mexican!!
Jeroen that comma thing is pretty hilarious.

The strippers, Stalin and Hitler showed up at the party.

The strippers, Stalin, and Hitler showed up at the party.
ريال مدريد نادي عريق قادر على أي بطولة أتمنى لة التوفيق
It's common courtesy to write in English here mate. Not everyone speaks Arabic.
Ancelotti has won this club 4 titles in less than 2 years, one of them being the Champions League. He was able to rectify a disruptive dressing room that I have reason to believe contributed in a poor 2012/2013 season. He's also helped keep Real Madrid competitive despite all of the external and internal obstacles that have presented themselves this season.

But to think there's no room for improvement would be a costly mistake on his part. One particular aspect of his managerial ability that concerns me is his implementation of rotations and his management of squad players.

His lack of rotations are clear and noticeable. He often heads into fixtures, even those that are relatively straightforward, with the same starting 11. When he does decide to rotate the squad, it's usually because his hand is forced (i.e. injuries and suspensions).

During the course of 90 minutes, his substitutions usually come unreasonably late as well.

Isco has received recognition for his sudden rise in prominence, heavily involved in contributing to the overall collective functionality of the team. Some would argue he's been our most consistent, or effective, player this season. But would Isco been given the opportunity to reach such an elite level if it were not for untimely injuries in the midfield? Last I recall, Ancelotti was insistent on a midfield with James, Kroos, and Modric.

The same can be said of Varane. Would Varane have been given adequate time on the pitch were Ramos and Pepe to remain fit and healthy?

Let's look at Jese, for example. In his last 6 appearances in the league, he's been given insufficient minutes. Apart from the matches against Sevilla and Atletico, in which Ancelotti's hands were forced by unexpected injuries, Jese's introduction into the match came at the following periods:

80', 74', 86', 90' (he only had 30 seconds of on-pitch time).

Its been over 2 months since he's been training with the first team, yet he's being treated as though he just got back. I can understand gradually easing him in, but the aforementioned minutes don't even provide justification for that. Furthermore, we've had instances in which our forwards haven't nearly contributed enough. Jese's inclusion becomes necessary during these moments, yet we see a passive response from Ancelotti on each occasion, often falsely expressing his contentment with Ronaldo and Bale...

For a player with the potential to be involved as much as Jese, you need to provide them with ample minutes. They need to get a feel for the game, to feel their team, and to understand where their level of quality is at.

Illarra is another example. Illarra clearly isn't a starter, but he's a squad player who's content with his role. Furthermore, and contrary to popular belief, he's a very useful player, especially under our current set-up. Capable of reliable ball circulation (i.e. retention and distribution), he has the potential to provide composure in what is usually an unstable midfield.

Instead, we see Kroos being overused. I've noticed a decline in overall functionality from Kroos since the beginning of the season. Illarra should be given more opportunities to spread his wings while giving Kroos a much needed rest. Instead, Illarra is played in an uncharacteristic position with a role not perfectly compatible with what he's used to, and that's if he finds time on the pitch.

I won't even get started on Chicha. Poor guy.

Many of our squad players have made many appearances for the team this season, but that's a misleading statistic. What they are in need of is adequate minutes to fine-tune their football, feel the team, and to remain sharp throughout the entire season. They're not getting that.

There will come a point in time (and I'd say we're dealing with this right now), where relying on squad players will provide no assurance whatsoever. Why? Because they wouldn't have had ample time to fine-tune their football and remain competitively sharp to make a difference.

We have quality not only in the first 11, but in the entire squad. Each player has their use. Madridista's fail to see this though. I've found us to have an unreasonably inane method of judging player effectiveness relative to team necessity.

It is IMPERATIVE that everyone on the squad FEELS IMPORTANT if we are to win titles this season. If we want to be able to rely on every squad member, we'll need to provide them with a reasonable number of minutes.
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waaaaaaay to long for me to read :p
+3
Agreed on everything you said Meringue. For rotations to work,that means you have to take risk sometimes. Start Jese and Illarra against a smaller team and leave Bale and Kroos on the bench. Kroos has literally played every single game,and almost always he played he full 90 minutes.

Probably the only consistent rotation Carlo made was at the RB spot,where we see Arbeloa start against same smaller teams. As a result,we always have a well rested Carvajal,ready to run up and down the field the whole game. Chicharito has been marginalized so much,and when he does get the chance,it never comes before 80th minute.

And now that we have injuries all around,even if Carlo wanted to make rotations,he doesn't have any options anymore. This needs to change next season,or we are again going to have a very tired 11 players going into the last crucial part of the season.
+1
Even when the circumstances do not permit any form of risk, there are still moments in the course of a 90 minute match where introducing players earlier would be beneficial for them. I get that starting some of those names ahead of more deserving players is not the way we run the team, but providing them with at least 20 minutes when we're comfortably leading wouldn't hurt.


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22
74
4
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20
24
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55
15
70
4
2
19
25
2
53
28
22
50
5
2
17
24
3
50
22
21
43
4
5
15
24
4
45
12
30
42
7
3
14
24
5
44
16
22
38
6
5
13
24
6
41
0
29
29
8
5
12
25
7
32
-4
36
32
11
5
9
25
8
31
1
24
25
9
7
8
24
9
29
-15
43
28
14
2
9
25
10
27
-6
34
28
9
9
6
24
11
27
-8
33
25
11
6
7
24
12
27
-10
31
21
11
6
7
24
13
26
-13
35
22
13
5
7
25
14
25
-18
38
20
12
7
6
25
15
24
-17
39
22
13
6
6
25
16
23
-23
44
21
13
5
6
24
17
22
-27
48
21
13
7
5
25
18
19
-24
40
16
12
10
3
25
19
18
-21
39
18
13
9
3
25
20
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0
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0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
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0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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22

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14
2
16
0
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6
6
1
7
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8
7
3
1
2
6
2
5
-4
9
5
3
2
1
6
3
4
-9
14
5
4
1
1
6
4

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