Ancelotti Praises Güler’s Talent After Near Miss in Real Madrid Win Against Osasuna

Source: Real Madrid

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on young substitute Arda Güler after his late effort against Osasuna, despite it not finding the net.

Güler did not start but was introduced as a late substitute in the second half. Despite his brief playing time the Turkish international was able to make an almost immediate impact.

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The 19-year-old almost scored a spectacular long range effort as can be seen below.

Speaking at a press conference following the 4-2 victory, Ancelotti was asked about Güler’s shot that hit the post in the closing minutes.

“Only a great talent can do such a thing,” he remarked.

“It doesn’t matter that it didn’t result in a goal. For us, it was like a goal.” These comments highlight Ancelotti’s recognition of Güler’s potential and his exciting play, even in a limited substitute role.

Spanish newspaper Marca, who have been following Güler’s progress at Real Madrid, joined the chorus of praise. Referring to him as a “genius,” they urged Ancelotti to give Güler more playing time, stating: “It is time to let us watch Arda for more than 5 minutes.”

Guler has one goal in five appearances for Real in the La Liga this season but has just played 31 minutes. His lack of playing time is down to spending the first half of the season injured.

Ancelotti’s post-match comments suggest a promising future for Güler, with Vinicius remaining a key player for Real Madrid in the present.

Güler will now join the Turkish national team for friendly games against Hungary and Austria on 22 March and 26 March, respectively.

The attacking midfielder has made four international caps for the Turkish national team and has one goal to his name.