Real Madrid news: Manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he has challenged midfielder Fede Valverde to score more than 10 goals for the club this season.
Valverde has been impressive for Real Madrid this season, and the Uruguayan midfielder has already scored three goals for the Spanish side in the 22/23 campaign.
He scored his latest goal for Real Madrid in their 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League group stage. Valverde broke the deadlock in the 80th minute with a nice finish to give Real Madrid the lead.
His previous two goals have come in the La Liga. He has also provided two assists so far this season – one apiece in the Champions League and La Liga.
Real Madrid news: Ancelotti reveals goalscoring challenge to Valverde
Speaking after the match, Ancelotti revealed he has challenged Valverde to score more than 10 goals for Real Madrid this season.
“What seemed strange to me was that he just scored once last season. I told him that if he was not able to score more than 10 goals, I’d have to rip up my coach’s licence. He has a rock in his foot,” Ancelotti said.
The 2-0 win over Leipzig sees Real Madrid sit top of Group F with six points from two matches. Real Madrid had faced Celtic in their first match and cruised to a 3-0 win over the Scottish side.
Their latest win also sees them maintain their perfect start to the season. Real Madrid have a 100% win record this season. They began the campaign by defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup final.
Real Madrid then kicked off their La Liga title defense with a 2-1 win over Almeria in the first league match of the season.
They have since played four matches in the Spanish top-flight, facing Celta Vigo, Espanyol, Real Betis, and RCD Mallorca. They won all those matches.
Real Madrid currently have 15 points from their first five matches and they sit top of the points table. They are two points clear of second-placed Barcelona.
When it comes to goals scored and conceded, Real Madrid have scored 15 goals in the league this season, while conceding five goals.
Real Madrid will be hoping to maintain the form going forward as they look to win all the possible titles this season.