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Ancelotti: “We're out to win the match to stay top of the group”

NEWS | 30/09/2014

“I was surprised by the courage Ludogorets showed at Anfield. They'll be a difficult opponent because they're dynamic and intense,” added the coach.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media in the press room at the Vasil Levski national stadium ahead of Wednesday's match against Ludogorets. The Real Madrid coach analysed his side's first away match of the European Cup this season: "We're out to win the match to stay on course and stay top of the group. That's the chief objective. In this competition, there are no modest teams. There are teams who fight to achieve the maximum. We all know how difficult it is to play at Anfield and I was surprised by the courage that Ludogorets showed there.”

“We adopt a strategy to control a team, not one player. They have a dynamic, intense team that presses and looks for good solutions on the counter-attack. Those will be the weapons that they use against us tomorrow. We have a lot of fans in Bulgaria and the atmosphere is very good. We have received a lot of affection from the fans."

“I'm not thinking about planned rotations. If I see in today's training session that any of those who played on Saturday are not available, I'll rest them. Pepe is available to play but we'll see whether I rest the central defenders. Only Coentrão, Jesé and Khedira are out. We have to monitor the level of recovery that they have made during these days."

Without being disrespectful to anyone, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player I've coached in my career.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a very professional and disciplined player. He fights for the shirt he's wearing and is a leader who doesn't talk much, but the work he does is very important because of the example it sets. He has a coach who chooses a strategy so he can score more goals. It's all down to me..."

System to find balance
“4-4-2 is the best defensive system that exists, because it allows you to cover more of the pitch and press more up front. With a 4-3-3, you can't press with the same balance up front. In our matches, we try to defend in a 4-4-2 and attack with the players on the wing."

Bale shape
“There are times in the match when you're not at 100%. He is having an excellent season, like his team-mates. He works, scores goals and I don't have anything to explain to him. He knows very well what he has to do and I'm very satisfied with what he's doing."

Isco's situation in the team
“He lacks a coach who puts him on the pitch. At Real Madrid there is a lot of competition for places and he has to keep going as he is. He is an important player for the team and he doesn't need me to show him that by putting him out on the pitch. He knows he's very important. I can't put more than eleven players out on the pitch."

Changes in goal
“It's possible. Anything is possible. In life, anything is possible."