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Ancelotti: "We're in good shape, our self-esteem has really grown"

NEWS STORY. 12/05/2022

"Benzema and Vinicius have a great understanding, time has really helped them", said the coach.

Carlo Ancelotti appeared in the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu following Real Madrid's win over: “Before I begin, I have to say this is a sad day for Levante and I'd like to send a message of support to the coach, the club and the fans. It's a sad day and I'm sure they'll be back in the Primera División again soon".

Goal-scoring duo
"Vinicius and Benzema were fantastic tonight and have been throughout the season. It's reward for good teamwork. They have a great understanding, time has really helped them to click". 

Intensity and commitment
"We're in good shape, our self-esteem has really grown. We have the challenge of having reached the end of the season with LaLiga already won. We know there's a way to go yet. We have to maintain the intensity and commitment. The team has shown very positive signs because they worked very hard out on the pitch”.
Champions League final system
“We'll play 4-3-3 and then we could switch to a 4-4-2. There's no defined system. To put pressure on the defensive midfielder, we did that against City. We started with a 4-3-3 and then I put Modrić to track Rodri and we went 4-4-1-1. The idea doesn't change much but it depends a bit on how we defend and on the opposition, how we want to defend against them".
Courtois and Lunin
Lunin is going to play against Cádiz and Courtois will start against Betis”.
Do you consider yourself to be the best coach in Europe?
“It’s extremely difficult to answer this. I don't like to feed myself votes. It's up to the others to give me their votes. I’m enjoying a really happy moment in my career and I hope I can go on for a long time. We have a huge, very clear and difficult objective, but we'll give it everything we've got. There are very good coaches in Europe”.
Valverde has shown his quality on the pitch. What we saw today is not different and he has to shoot when he has the opportunity because he’s got an incredible shot on him. His physical attributes and his directness on the ball are very unusual as a centre midfielder”.

Who will play in the Champions League final: Rodrygo or Valverde?
“Both will play in the final”.