Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press after the 2-0 win over Granada in LALIGA to praise his team, and in particular Rodrygo Goes as he was back on the scoresheet. He said: “Rodrygo is good, he’s back to his best level. He’s scoring a lot of goals. Today, he’s proven that he doesn’t score only on the left, he scores in the middle and on the right. I put him on the right more in the second half as I thought he might have more space and he did that. He scored from a great team move with Joselu, Bellingham and Brahim, it was a good move.”

Ancelotti on a goals target for Rodrygo

“I don’t have any bets with any players on targets. The team has to work together, it doesn’t matter who scores, only that the team works well together and right now we’re doing that. What I like most about this team is that there’s a collective effort to work together and keep clean sheets and attack as a team.”

Ancelotti on Dani Carvajal’s fitness

“Carvajal has an overload. We’ll see tomorrow what the situation is.”

Ancelotti on the performance

“The game was well-played and well-controlled. The team was concentrated and we avoided any risk and was vigilant to avoid counter-attacks and retain control of the ball.”

Ancelotti on Brahim Díaz

“He’s playing very well and working a lot. Any position I put him in, he dos his job. I’m very happy with him. He wanted more minutes at the start but now he’s showing his quality.”

Ancelotti on Fede Valverde’s new role

“I think he likes it. He enjoys this position. He’s doing it very well, it’s difficult to say what his best position on the field is. The truth is that deeper it’s harder to get into the box when he has the chance, but the work he does in any position is useful for the team.”

Ancelotti on Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid

“I don’t have a preference. I think it will be an entertaining game. All I’m thinking about is to enjoy the game between two great teams and may the team who plays best, win.”

Ancelotti on Toni Kroos’ season

“How is he unique? He doesn’t miss passes. He’s always looking for the best solution. He likes to be on the ball, he’s not scared of being pressed. I think the best part of his play is his orientation and his way of controlling the ball and receiving it. He’s unsustitutable when he doesn’t play too.”

Ancelotti on injured players

“Modrić will be back against Betis. We’ll see on Carvajal, Lucas also played very well in the second half. Kepa is ready to play.”

Ancelotti on his future and fans singing his name

“The fans at the Bernabéu have a lot of affection for me, and that makes me very happy.”

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