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Ancelotti: "We have to improve defensively"

NEWS | 22/08/2021

“Vinicius Jr. has now scored three goals in two games and is a really important player for us," declared the boss.
Carlo Ancelotti took to the media room at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia following the LaLiga Matchday 2 encounter between Real Madrid and Levante. The Italian coach had the following to say: “We did really well in the first half, we were compact as a team and worked well together. In the second half, we didn’t come out with a good attitude because we conceded a goal that could have been avoided early on and didn’t play as a compact unit for their second goal. We all have to work together. We have to improve defensively”.

 “Vinicius Jr. has the quality and is very quick. Is he a great goalscorer? I don’t know about that, because he enjoys playing out wide. He needs to score goals like the first one he got, by taking players on, because he’s quicker than his opponents. It’s tougher for him when in the box, but given his quality, he’s capable of scoring goals from range and in one-on-one situations. He’ll be an important for us. He may start next week’s game, we’ll have to see. It’s more important that you’re on the pitch at the end of the game rather than at the start and he did that today thanks to his freshness and ability”.

We did really well in the first half, but didn't come out with the right attitude in the second half.

Vinicius Jr. has scored three goals in two matches and that’s the sign of a really important player. I don’t give too much importance to who starts because I’ve got such a good squad. We’ve scored a lot of goals in these first two games. The problem isn’t whether Vinicius Jr. starts or not, the concern is if he isn’t scoring but he got two goals today”.

“I can’t tell you how many minutes they’re going to play. There’s a lot of competition up front. We’ve got some quality forwards like Bale, Vini Jr., Hazard, Benzema and Jović, who did well today. I have to enjoy that quality on the pitch by handing those who deserve to be out there the game time”.

Goals conceded
“Where we have gone wrong and dropped points is not in attack but in defence. The third goal was unlucky. For the first, our defensive line wasn’t right and we were out of position. For the second, it was three against two and that can’t happen. It should at least be three against three when the cross came over”.