NEWS STORY. 27/07/2022
Carlo Ancelotti addressed the media following the second pre-season friendly. The coach discussed the match against Club America: "The game was a good one, better than the first. We struggled at the start up against a well-organised side. The team settled into the match and performed well and played in a different way to the first half. We played with more intensity and controlled play".
"The second half was more dynamic, with Ceballos and Camavinga changing positions. They both played well and brought a lot of energy. Ceballos is very good in possession".
"He's in good shape, despite having not trained much. He's fine but needs to work on his fitness. We're working hard and the players aren't feeling fresh. We'll reduce the workload after the Juventus game until we play the Super Cup".
"He had to play at full-back today because we wanted to have a look at Rüdiger at centre-back and he did well. Mendy is the first-choice in that position but if he has problems both can play in that position. We won't have any problems there".
"It was a very good atmosphere. The pitch was in good condition and it was a good game. The crowd enjoyed the game and Club America put in a good performance".
Hazard and Tobias
"We need to give Hazard minutes in these games because he's a great player and we need him. Tobias came on because he's a very good young player. He's very focused in training and I gave him some minutes because of that".
"He's a different type of midfielder to Casemiro as he holds his position more. He's got the ability to score goals. He's improving and he demonstrated that in the Barcelona game where we explained to him where he needs to improve. He has to take up better positions to play faster".
"We have to keep in mind the players who won the Champions League. The Super Cup is related to last season and we have to round it off by winning it. The players who I think will play more in the Super Cup will get more playing time against Juventus".