“I have not claimed anything. I am very happy to coach a great team and a great club”


The Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, celebrated having beaten FC Barcelona (0-4) at the Camp Nou to get into the Copa del Rey final thanks to a “complete” match in all senses, with ‘hat- trick’ included by Karim Benzema.

“It was a complete game, when you win 0-4 here, in every way. We have read well the moment of suffering for the team in the first half, with difficulty getting the ball out. The first goal changes the dynamics, then we find spaces in transitions and we created a lot of damage in the second half,” he said at a press conference.

Ancelotti pointed to what was said in the locker room as a possible revulsion for the second half. “The approach was the same as in the LaLiga Clásico, I changed the position of Rodrygo, for Valverde, to give more depth. The great detail today of the first goal, which was fantastic, determined the second half. We talked about what was important in the dressing room to reach a final”, he acknowledged.

After losing the last three Clásicos, this victory reassures Real Madrid and confirms, after the defeat of Valladolid in LaLiga, the team’s improvement. “The boiler has returned to its temperature, at the most important moment of the season. And when we are at the right temperature, we do well,” said Ancelotti.

The coach, despite the fact that he may seem pointed out by some part of the white environment at some point, was clear: “No claim, of any kind. I have not claimed anything. I am very happy because I am lucky to train a great team already a great club”.

Still about the game, he explained why I bet again on Kroos and Modric. “The personality of the player, the experience, is very important. The lineup mixed the energy of Rodrygo, Valverde or Camavinga with the experience of Vinicius, Modric and Kroos. It is important when you have to put your leg in or when they put pressure on you. They have made a spectacular game”, he valued.

“I have removed Vinicius because it did not make sense to have him on the field, he had a yellow card and another left him without an end. It was a risk”, he commented on the change of the Brazilian, very active throughout the game also when protesting to the collegiate

“The Jagoba thing (he told him in his previous game that they would play the Cup final) was a joke, but now it’s the reality. We are very powerful but also Osasuna, it will be a final with a very nice atmosphere”, he commented on that final against the Navarrese team.

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