NEWS STORY. 06/02/2022
Carlo Ancelotti spoke remotely from the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and discussed Real Madrid's win over Granada: "It's very good news because we got the three points, thanks to a very good second half performance. The team produced a good performance. We're not at our best at the moment. We've got a week now to recover some of the injured players, which will be important. It was an important match and I'm pleased with the commitment of the players".
"We had a very good reaction from everyone, both those who started and those who came on, giving the team a very good boost. I don't like to take the credit because when we lose, it's the coach's fault and when we win, it's down to the team. The players should be on the front page and the fans really helped us in the second half".
Special praise for Asensio
"He's a very important player. He's scored a lot this season, he's made a lot of goals, and is very committed defensively, which is important for us. I don't know if he's a starter, but he's an important player. He is reliable, he works hard and we won the game today thanks to his best quality, his shooting. He returned from a difficult period of injuries full of confidence".
“This is an important week for us because we've had a really tough period with some long trips and we didn't come into this game at 100%. We had six players out for tonight’s match and I hope to have them all back for our next game”.
"Jović has come back in after having had the virus and he still isn't at full fitness. I preferred to play between the lines with Isco and I then introduced Jović towards the end and he did really well and really helped the team by offering a lot of energy up front. Both Benzema and Maraino are currently out injured”.
“We didn't speak about anything in particular. He explained the Valverde incident to me. I believe that he’s the best referee, not just in Spain but in Europe. Regardless of whether he had a good game or not, I still think he’s the best referee in Europe”.