Ancelotti: "We're not pleased because we deserved to win"

"We're at the top of the table and we have the chance to make an impact next Saturday", said the coach.

Ancelotti: "We're not pleased because we deserved to win"
NEWS.Alberto Navarro

Carlo Ancelotti spoke in the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and gave his thoughts on the derby draw against Atlético: "It was a very good game from our point of view. We played well and controlled the game well, but we were unlucky to concede in the last minute. We were lacking in height and we had to dig deep. We deserved the win, but there have been many games that we have won in the last few minutes. There's nothing to criticise ourselves for. We're at the top of the table and we have the chance to make an impact next Saturday".

"We're relaxed because the team is doing very well. We're playing very good football and that's what gives me the most confidence going forward in the league. We have a strong team. We had some injuries, but everyone played their part and everyone has given their all. We're not happy because we deserved to win. We've come from behind in a lot of games and we were happy. The team has to stay calm because they've given their all. We come away satisfied, with confidence and at ease. We're two points clear of the second-placed team".

The squad's commitment
"I'd like to praise everyone's commitment, no matter how many minutes they play. Everyone is ready, prepared and plays their part. The level of commitment from the team is great and when you have a team with quality and commitment it's easier to be successful".

The penalties not awarded
"I don't comment on penalties. I don't know why they weren't given, but we don't need to look back and we should look forward".

The aerial balls

"They put a a lot of crosses and the idea was to stop them getting comfortable deliveries in. It was important to help with set-pieces, that's why we defended zonally. Valverde and Camavinga did a lot in this respect. The centre-back pairing had a good game and we deserved to win the game without a doubt".

Atlético's goal
"It was a situation in which they had more height. They beat us in the air and that's it. If you're taller it's easier to win the aerial duel".

Vini Jr.'s last-minute withdrawal

"He gave it a go, but he had a cervical contracture. He wasn't comfortable in the warm-up. We had the option of Brahim or Joselu and the introduction of Brahim allowed us to keep the same defensive system. That's all. Joselu then came on and did well, as always".

Rüdiger and Camavinga's injuries
"I don't know about Camavinga. They haven't informed me. He had a knock on his knee, nothing serious, I don't think. Rüdiger had some discomfort this morning and hopefully he can be fit for Saturday".

"He did very well. He made a great save from Griezmann and helped the team at set pieces".

The lack of signings in the winter transfer window

"It was a special game. We've lost two players who could play at centre-back and the emergency is over now because we've got Tchouameni and Rüdiger for the next game".

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