Real Madrid - Real Sociedad

Ancelotti: “Benzema put in a fantastic performance”

NEWS | 31/01/2015 | Javier García

"We played very well in the second half", added the coach.
Carlo Ancelotti analysed his side's display against Real Sociedad in his post-match press conference: "In the first half, as has happened in other games, we didn't start well and we conceded a goal. The same happened at Córdoba and against Atlético in the Copa. We have to improve that. Then we defended well and we pressed up front. We played very well in the second half. We sorted it out and the match improved."

"Benzema put in a fantastic performance. The goal he scored was top quality. He has a fantastic strike, but we also have to appreciate the way he helps the team's play. He isn't just a striker who plays in the box, he is very good in every area and has a lot of quality. We had a lot of chances and shots on goal."

"He had a good game. He missed two chances but he provided a terrific assist for the third goal, which settled the match. For me it isn't so important that he scores, but rather that he works with the team and his team-mates, and today he did that very well."

"He made a so-so start in the first 30 minutes, as did the whole team. Then he played a good second half."

Lucas Silva
"He wasn't involved because he has only been here for a week and he needed to adapt and train to improve his fitness, which isn't at the same level as the others. I think he'll be available very soon."

All the forwards played very well, they showed quality and were effective.

"He's a player with defensive characteristics, he has a good shot and passing ability. He is used to playing as one of two holding midfielders. He can play in Kroos's position and also where Illarramendi played today."

"James had to hold a position. The 'tellings-off' I gave were in the defensive side of things. I gave them to him, the midfielders and those at the back. Our pressing wasn't so good, our defensive positioning wasn't good in the first half. We try to defend with two banks of four and open up more when we attack."

"He's growing, just like the team. Up to December he had a fantastic period, like the rest. He has had a period out and now he's improving very quickly. This year is different to the last one, when he had more problems. Now he has more confidence and I have a lot of confidence in him."

Rotating against Sevilla?
"Maybe, we have to assess the exertion we've put in in this game. We know that we have a very important game to try to increase our lead. I might change something because we need a fresh team."