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Ancelotti: "We were in need of a game like this"

NEWS STORY. 19/02/2022

"Following our poor performance on Tuesday night, the fans saw a reaction and that's a positive", he stated.

Carlo Ancelotti took to the media room at the Santiago Bernabéu following Real Madrid’s win over Alavés in the sides’ LaLiga Matchday 25 encounter and he reflected on the game in the following terms: “We were in need of a game like that. We found it tougher going in the first half, but showed our commitment right throughout the 90 minutes. We lacked quality and movement in the final third during that first half. I told them that at half-time and we saw an improvement after the break. Following our poor performance on Tuesday night, the fans saw a reaction here tonight and that's a positive”.

“The fans gave their opinion on our performance. They didn't like what they saw in the first half but then enjoyed our second-half display. Nobody was happy at half-time. We needed to do more and the fans were thankful that we did and everyone was happy with the way we performed in the second half. The supporters really got behind us because they want this team to win LaLiga and perform to their best”.

Failure to score in first half
“Failing to score in the first half is a weakness. It's something that we've spoken about and that we're going to address. Our opponents really press up hard in the first half and their intensity levels drop off after the break and that makes things more comfortable for us”.

Vini Jr.
“It’s a good sign when the forward players score. It was important that the front three scored because they hadn’t managed to do so in recent games and we suffered a bit as a result. This game will help us to improve and prepare for the next games”. 

On the changes
“I was going to makes changes, but when Asensio scored I waited because I quite liked the way the team was playing. In the first half, we lacked a cutting edge in attack, but we then ”.