Madrid, Jan 28 (EFE).- Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid’s Italian coach, responded to those who accuse his team of lacking football by recalling the conquest of the last Champions League and assuring that he does not want to have “a clear identity”. , opting for a team “that knows how to do many things.”
«They said that we won the Champions League last year without football, it is quite normal that they say it now. We have football but sometimes we do it well and sometimes less. What is difficult is that Real Madrid does not have a clear identity in its football for the simple reason that I do not want to have it. I prefer to have a team that knows how to do many things », he defended.
For this reason, for Ancelotti, criticism of his team’s style of play arises. «Since we do not have a clear identity, it is said that we do not have football but we do have it and not just one. Sometimes we play well and other times badly, as is normal.”
What the Madrid coach was convinced of is that to defeat Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabéu and confirm their reaction against big rivals, they will have to improve the first part of the Madrid derby of the Copa del Rey.
«It is a team that is playing very well, has good dynamics and a very clear identity. It is a difficult game for us. The objective is to improve the first part of Atlético. It is important to play a complete game defensively and offensively because Real Sociedad play very well,” he said.
The Italian coach highlighted that Real Madrid has emerged strengthened from the pothole experienced in January. “In football there are always moments of difficulties in which you have to have a cool head and make good self-criticism, as we have all done.”
“This is team work, I contribute mine, the players theirs, the club too and, in times of difficulty, it is important. Soccer gives you the opportunity to get out of a bad moment very quickly, but you have to keep in mind that a good moment can quickly turn bad. You have to be focused to prevent it from happening, “he added.
DEFENSE OF THE WORK OF THE ASSOCIATES AND THE VAR
At a time when criticism of the performance of referees and the use of VAR is growing, Ancelotti made a public defense. “The referee’s job is very complicated. It seemed that the VAR could help in some things, such as the offside that has helped a lot, but in everything that is subjective it can create problems and controversy.
«If we compare the present with the 80s and 90s, corruption is not there. Some time ago there was a lot and now there isn’t, but it is evident that sometimes they fail, like everyone else. In general, in Europe and in all countries, arbitration has improved a lot », he highlighted.
‘VINI’, FOCUSED ON FOOTBALL
After the banner and the doll with a Vinicius shirt hanging from a bridge that marked the hours before the Madrid derby last Thursday, Ancelotti tried to restore calm about the figure of the Brazilian.
«He prepared the derby like every game, concentrated, wanting to play. He always has them in training and in every game. I saw it well. He did a very hard job in the match, he ran a lot, he missed, he made mistakes, but in the end he scored.”
Ancelotti also dealt with other names on his squad, such as the contribution of Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio at a time of need for the team.
«It is the attitude that everyone has, the truth is this, I have a very good squad in that sense, there is no one who gives up because they do not play. They are always focused, showing me that they want to play. Camavinga, Ceballos and Asensio have done very well, others can contribute to the team because it is a moment in which we need everyone’s help, “he acknowledged.
Lastly, he gave up at the level shown by the Brazilian Militao, the only player on his squad who played in the World Cup who has not shown wear and tear. «I see him well and with room for improvement. He is one of the best centre-backs in the world when he is focused because he has it all: very good footwork, one-on-one ability, strong head, fast, forceful. He is certainly one of the best ».