Carlo Ancelotti discusses Real Madrid’s penalty-taking pecking order after Luka Modrić miss

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has provided an insight into the spot-kick pecking order in his squad.

This comes after the subject of penalties took its place front and centre in the chatter surrounding Real’s latest outing on Tuesday.

Los Blancos were back in action a short time ago, making the trip to Germany for a Champions League group stage final-day meeting with Union Berlin.

The La Liga heavyweights ultimately emerged triumphant, owing to a late winner on the part of midfielder Dani Ceballos.

This, though, only came after Real had earlier fallen behind.

After Luka Modrić fluffed his lines from the penalty spot on the stroke of the interval, Union swiftly took advantage, courtesy of a Kevin Volland opener.

Speaking to the media post-match, the subject of spot-kick responsibilities in his squad was in turn put to the aforementioned Carlo Ancelotti.

It has long been somewhat unclear just who stands as Los Merengues’ chief penalty taker, since Karim Benzema’s departure in the summer.

And Ancelotti, for his part, seems undecided, too, having admitted that he and his staff are still ‘trying to find’ the right player:

“Looking for a reason is very difficult because Luka is usually cold and scores,” the Italian began, as cited by Sport

“Practicing [penalties] is not easy because there is an environmental problem. In training, we are practicing. We are trying to find a player… Bellingham, Joselu, Rodrygo. I hope it can change.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

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