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“This team slacks off when they can”

“This team slacks off when they can”

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach, analyzed his team’s victory against Shakhtar at Movistar’s microphone and then at a press conference.

A great game in attack, but a small score: “Yes, we played very well, we combined well but we didn’t have many shots on target in the end. But we shot a lot on goal. These are games that you complicate yourself if you don’t escape but We controlled him well. The pressing was good, in defense we were good.”

His anger after the 2-1 : “I asked the team to be more compact, not to think it was easy. When you are leading 2-0 and you control the game, sometimes you lose concentration, you try less … That’s what happened at the end of the first half.”

Rodrygo plays better in the middle: “His position has changed a bit. We thought about pressing higher on the centrals and he had a more central position. He combines very well with Benzema and he can play in any position given his qualities. “

What he was looking for with the replacement of Tchouaméni by Camavinga : “I was just looking for freshness. Tchouaméni and Kroos worked a lot, they ran a lot.”

With this calendar, validating the qualification as soon as possible is a priority? “I believe we have the possibility of doing it next week. And it will be important, yes. But in three days we have a match and we are thinking about this one.”

And so you can spin more... “Some are going to rest on Saturday, yes.”

Are you concerned about the drop in intensity? “I know this team loosens up when they can. It’s normal, the game is under control… Everything looks simple. But I’m happy because the team played well. The front three played very well combined. Valverde helped a lot. Both midfielders controlled the jersey well. Everything was fine. I’m not concerned.”

Benzema “He was very good, decisive. He helped his teammates. He didn’t score but that’s the last thing you think of. He played a full game.”

Rodrygo’s best moment? “Since I arrived, yes. He still has to improve but he is already more decisive. He is progressing very well.”



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