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Ancelotti: "I really like the team from a defensive point of view"

NEWS STORY. 12/12/2021

"Modrić played brilliantly with the ball and without the ball. Extraordinary", said the coach.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media in the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and assessed Real Madrid's victory in the derby: "My team reassures me because I know what they can do out on the pitch. They manage the game very well, they're very committed defensively... they're a team. They're not just individuals with a lot of quality. What made the difference in the first half was that we play as a team with so much individual quality but also capable of putting it together and working towards the sole objective, which is winning games for Real Madrid".

"I really like the team from a defensive point of view. It's the area where we've improved the most since the start of the season. We're more solid. Our pressing isn't too high up, we like it that way, with a lower block you have the chance to use the forwards on the counter".

What did you say to Modrić?
"I congratulated him on his performance because he had an incredible game. I don't know exactly what I said to him, but he played brilliantly. With the ball, without the ball, with consistency... Extraordinary".

Winning LaLiga
"That's a lot of pressure you're putting on me. We're favourites today, you can say that, of course. We've done very well, better than others, but we're focused on the next games because a drop in concentration can cost you dearly. We're doing well and we have to keep going, it's the only way to get close to winning as early as possible".

"I don't know what can happen in the Champions League. As I’ve said many times, we’ll also be competitive in the Champions League, there’s no doubt about that. We‘ll fight to the end in all the competitions we’re involved in".

Vini Jr.
"He’s improving by himself. I don't talk to him much because I don't have much to say to him. All I always ask of him is to be effective, not to dribble for the sake of dribbling. If he thinks it's fair to dribble or shoot he has to do it, but dribbling for the sake of it, that's not it. He has to do something to help the team. Today he didn't get the better off Marcos Llorente, but he provided two assists that helped us win the game".

"I’m very happy to be here. The first period was immensely enjoyable for me. In the second year we won 22 games in a row and the second part of the season didn't go well. I don't forget that, I’m pleased, but I know that in the second part of the season you can slip up. We have to make sure this doesn't happen and maybe the experience from my first stage will help me to avoid making mistakes”.