Ancelotti jokes he should 'RETIRE' if Valverde doesn't score 10 goals

Carlo Ancelotti jokes that he should ‘RETIRE’ if he ‘cannot get Federico Valverde to score 10 goals a season’ after the Real Madrid star continued his fine start to the campaign in the Champions League win over RB Leipzig

  • Real Madrid beat RB Leipzig 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday night
  • Carlo Ancelotti’s side have now won all eight of their games so far this season
  • Federico Valverde starred and opened the scoring to continue his fine form 
  • Ancelotti praised Valverde but said he must score more goals than he does
  • He joked he should ‘retire’ if he ‘cannot get him to score 10 goals a season’

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has hailed Federico Valverde after his goal during their win over RB Leipzig and joked he should ‘retire’ if he ‘cannot get Valverde to score at least 10 times a season’.

Madrid beat the German side 2-0 on Wednesday to maintain their perfect start to the season, having won all eight games so far.

However, they were frustrated by Leipzig, with Valverde only making the breakthrough in the 79th minute, before Marco Asensio scored a second late on. 

Federico Valverde scored his third goal of the season during Real Madrid’s win over RB Leipzig

The midfielder has been in superb form so far this year after a breakthrough campaign in 2021-22.

He has already netted three times and laid on two assists in eight games after scoring just once in the whole of last season.

And Ancelotti was full of praise for the Uruguayan after the game. When questioned on Valverde’s goalscoring form, the Italian said: ‘What was strange last year was that he only scored one goal, in the Super Cup I think. 

‘If you can’t get a player like that to score at least 10 goals in a season then you should rip up your coaching badge and retire. 

Carlo Ancelotti joked he should ‘retire’ if he ‘can’t get Valverde to score at least 10 times a year’

‘Because he has a rock of a foot. Tonight he took the shot with his left foot. I’ve never seen him shoot like that with his left, so it shows he’s confident in his abilities, and he has a lot of abilities. 

‘He’s more than just energy. But, to say he’s best in the world in his position, we might have to wait a little longer.’

Ancelotti’s side top their Champions League group after two wins over Celtic and Leipzig, with Shakhtar Donetsk the other team in their group.

Meanwhile, they are also top of LaLiga after winning all five of their games so far as they continue to build on their Champions League triumph at the end of last season. 

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