Ancelotti’s ‘rebels’ – the four players who complained publicly to the media


It is no coincidence that, taking advantage of the national team break, the footballers give press conferences, something that is not common when they are at their respective clubs, except before a Champions League match, required by UEFA, or the occasional pass in the ‘mix zone’, at the end of the matches.

Back home is where they open up the most and perhaps that’s why up to four players since the start of their international engagements have spoken about their situation at Real Madrid.

Specifically, four players who throughout the season have left their natural position at some point or lost weight in the starting XI: Rodrygo Goes, Edouardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric.

All four, especially the first two and more strongly the Brazilian, have complained because they don’t like to play in the position that Ancelotti has set for them or because of the lack of desired minutes.

Ancelotti will have to deal with these four ‘debates’ after the return of the players from the national teams.

Modric’s case is not new, as he is not very happy with the role he is playing this season at Real Madrid, with just three La Liga starts out of nine, and this contrasts with his role with his national team. after playing 180 minutes in defeats to Turkey and Wales that complicate their Euro 2024 ticket.


On the other hand, Tchouameni prefers the role of midfielder with defensive features and in the last week he was framed as a center back, causing him to react by saying that he does not like this role.

In the case of Camavinga, the Frenchman already let Ancelotti know last season that he was not very comfortable in the left-back position, but agreed with the coach that he was the best option given the shortcomings in that area of the pitch.

At the beginning of this season, Ancelotti said that the Frenchman would no longer play in that position, but he has done so again due to the loss of Mendy, now recovered.