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Ancelotti: "The fine margins have ended up costing us the game"

NEWS | 28/09/2021 | Bárbara Jiménez

"The team did its job and played with great intensity and commitment", added the coach.
Carlo Ancelotti addressed the media to offer his thoughts on the Champions League group stage Matchday 2 encounter against Sheriff Tiraspol. The coach commented that, “We’re feeling down rather than being worried because we had the chance to have got the three points. The team did its job and played with great intensity and commitment and the fine margins have ended up costing us the game. We had lots of chances and could have done better in the final 30 metres. It’s difficult to explain the defeat when you look at the performance we put in”.

“This could be a good lesson for the future. We’re talking about a defeat when the team didn’t deserve to lose, given how we performed. Sheriff defended really well and were tight at the back. We linked up well and broke through their backline many times and sent over many crosses. Where we let ourselves down was on the fine details. We’ve lost the game because we had a bit of bad luck”.
“He had a good game and linked up well with Benzema and had chances to have scored. He shot on goal and the goalkeeper did well. All he’s missing is a goal”.

Given the performance, the team didn't deserve to lose.

“We played with a 4-4-2 today. We had Vinicius Jr. our wide on the left and Valverde, Hazard and Nacho interchanged on the right.  We didn’t go with a 4-3-3 because we normally play that way with Hazard. Camavinga is used to playing on the left, because he played there many times when he was younger. We completely controlled the game and Valverde really got at them down the right side. Then I made changes in the centre to freshen things up a bit”. 

On being booked by the referee
“It was something with the fourth official, because I felt he didn’t show me enough respect. At the end, I told him that I’d managed 130 Champions League matches and it was the first time I had been booked for doing nothing. He told me I had gone onto the pitch, but the game had stopped because they were checking the VAR system. It’s a lack of respect and I told him so and I also told the delegate. I don’t want to speak about the refereeing”.