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Ancelotti: “We reacted very well and didn't give up”

NEWS STORY. 23/01/2022

“We could have won if we'd have been more clinical”, said the Real Madrid coach.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium press room and gave his thoughts on the Real Madrid-Elche matchweek 22nd LaLiga fixture. The coach said: "It seemed like a lost game, the first half was a bit of a mess. We missed the penalty and also had a lot of chances. We could have scored if we'd been more clinical. We conceded the first goal and then the second. The reaction was very good and we didn't give up. It's a very good sign from the team that we didn't lose the game. We must not make the games more difficult for ourselves by being more solid, because we conceded two goals when we could have been more aggressive in the duels".
 
"We didn't get across well, they broke our line and scored a goal from a cross. In the second goal we could have been more compact and these are small details that cost us two points. We have to evaluate the game, the moves we made, the chances we had...

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We obviously can't be more satisfied and there's a lot we have to take into account. We could have won if we'd have been more clinical. We've got a little break now and we're in a good position. We're where we wanted to be at the start of the season but the most important part of the season is coming, when titles are won".
 
Militão's goal
"Our forwards' characteristics don't fit in the penalty area. That's clear from the second goal we scored and it was scored by the best header of the ball we have, Militão".
 
Benzema's injury
"We'll have to evaluate Karim tomorrow. It's different to the problem he had in San Sebastian. Hopefully he'll be fit again soon".

“Sevilla are thinking the same, they missed an opportunity. When you lose, it’s an opportunity missed. It’s been a crazy weekend because both we and Sevilla have drawn. Atlético won a game that seemed lost. It’s a hard-fought league, Elche play some great football and they’re organised both with and without the ball. We have to compete hard to win”.
 
Militão
“Ramos scored lots of goals but I don’t remember them all. There’s one in particular I remember very well. Ramos was a great header of the ball and used to joke he’d be a great striker. Militão has to learn, he’s improving. He can reach the same accuracy with his head as Ramos used to have”. 

Added time
“Injury time is a personal assessment by the referee. I can’t say much more than that. We’d all like games to last a bit longer. A rule to regulate that time could be a good thing for football in general”.

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