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UEFA Champions League: Marco Asensio’s ‘anger’ helped Real Madrid to win against Leipzig

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has praised Marco Asensio's 'anger' for his impact in their UEFA Champions League win over RB Leipzig.

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New Delhi: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has praised Marco Asensio’s ‘anger’ for his impact in their UEFA Champions League win over RB Leipzig.

Asensio came on in the second half at the Santiago Bernabeu with the match still without a goal but left the pitch with a goal to his name in a 2-0 victory for Madrid.

The Spanish has struggled for game time this season, having played just 43 minutes of football across all competitions, including the Leipzig win. He was linked with a summer exit, with Arsenal reportedly the front-runners for his signing, but he eventually stayed put at Madrid.

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Ancelotti was happy with Asensio’s performance in the match, and the 26-year-old’s improved attitude in recent training sessions was the reason behind the improved gameplay.

Ancelotti said after the match, “Happy, he has had minutes and has fulfilled. I think he needed this goal. At first he was hesitant to leave or stay, but he has stayed and we were all happy,”

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“I congratulated Asensio, he was decisive in winning. His anger made his attitude improve in subsequent training sessions,” the Real Madrid manager added.

After Real’s last match against Mallorca, the match in with Asensio was seen having an angry reaction Carlo said, “He’s (Asensio) angry and I agree with him. It’s normal, it means he wants to play, to feel important. In this period, he has been the player most affected in the squad and I take that into account. I’m totally in agreement with his anger. It’s fine.”

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