NEWS STORY. 11/05/2022
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media ahead of Real Madrid's LaLiga matchday 36 game against Levante at the Santiago Bernabéu (9:30pm CEST): "We have to play well in this game. We need to keep up the momentum and win the game".
"We spent our time this week preparing for the Levante game. Those who didn't play against Atlético will need minutes. After that we have another game on Sunday, we're not preparing for the final. We're trying to get players back up to full fitness so that they can be right to face Betis".
Return of Courtois and Benzema
"It's not right to talk about Madrid's transfers. I'd like to talk about tomorrow's game. Players like Courtois and Benzema, who didn't play against Atlético, will be back in action and we're focussed on this game. It's not for us to talk about Real Madrid's possible signings".
Vini Jr's position
"Vini is playing well on the left wing, he's done very well. He can improve his movement without the ball and take advantage of his pace more, not only when one-on-one but also when running".
"Antonio is a top professional and one of the best I've had. He's very experienced in preparing for this type of match. We've combined physical work with technical and tactical work. We've got a friendly relationship as he's humble and a top professional. The players have a lot of confidence in him and he focuses on the small details".
"If we lose our competitiveness, we're not going to do well in the Champions League. We've got to manage the players' fatigue and make the most of this time we've got so that they'll be 100% fit. I changed the team around against Atlético. Throughout the year we've been talking about how the coach didn't rotate and now that he is doing, no one is happy. Now's the right time to give minutes to everyone in order to be at our best on the 28th".
"Levante have improved since he came in, they've picked up a lot of points, they've got character and they're brave".
Video.Ancelotti: “Hay que jugar bien contra el Levante, mantener el ritmo y ganar"
"It's a question of time for him. He's a very talented, intelligent and humble player who will get better. He's made the difference in very important games right throughout the season. He just needs to wait a while, I don't know how long. I'm just lucky to have a player like him".
Evaluation of the league
"We've had a fantastic league campaign and really deserved the result as we've been more convincing and effective than our opponents. We got off to a good start and only had two tough spells. We've always been competitive and fought hard, there's no one who can say that we didn't deserve it. There's no ifs and buts in this league".
The fans' excitement
"Nobody thought Real Madrid would make it to the Champions League final. This creates expectations among the fans".
"I know a lot about Liverpool, we've played against each other many times. They're also aware of how I approach the team and of Real Madrid. We'll prepare well, as calmly as possible".
"I don't like talking about this matter. Haaland is a top player and City a great club. I'm happy with my squad, that has taken me to another Champions League final. There'll be time to talk about this later. I don't want to comment on this matter. My aim is to finish the season well and we've got a final to come. Now's not the right time".