NEWS STORY. 13/01/2022
Carlo Ancelotti featured on Real Madrid Conecta the day after the team reached the final of the Spanish Super Cup. The Italian coach analysed his side’s victory in the Clásico and the competition that is taking place in Riyadh: “We had some tough moments, which is normally the case against tough opposition. We tried to look for their weak points, which was their lack of balance because they are a side who send a lot of players forward. The skill produced by Vini Jr. and Asensio and also by the midfielders to play their way out of tight situations the way we did in the first half gave us the chance to create chances and score”.
“There are so many aspects to football. The counter-attack, possession, pressure, dead balls. I’ve coach in many countries and in Italy it’s all about defensive organisation, which is very important. In Spain it’s about possession and in England it’s speed, intensity and dead balls. You have to be prepared to do many things well and not having one identity is a team’s strength, not a weakness”.
Tactics against Barcelona
"We were committed and played modestly. Our approach to the game was clear, which was to defend well, hit them on the counter-attack and play out well with the ball from the back”.
Recovery after the Clásico
“The team is fine. The players are happy, but tired and that’s normal. We have to enjoy the moment today, make sure those who played recover well and get those who didn’t training. It was a tough game, but we achieved our objective which was to get to the final”
“We have four days to recover and make sure there are no problems. We’ll see how Alaba is, because the rest should all be ok. It was a huge physical drain, but I think at this point of the season the team should be able to recover without any problems”.