Ancelotti: “Rodrygo is a smart player

After the derby won by Real Madrid against Atletico, Carlo Ancelotti analyzed the meeting at a press conference.

 Ancelotti speaking on his feelings : “I am very happy after this victory, really. We had a double advantage with 0-2 and we were able to defend well. The idea was to be well in place behind and play with verticality, with balls between the lines. That’s how the two goals arrived and we agreed to defend after the second. It was enough.

A lack of ambition in second?  ” I think so. We could have played a little higher.

Speaking on Rodrygo  : “He is a smart player. He knows how to stand out and shine on his qualities. His goal is fantastic. He can play in all positions thanks to his qualities. He is not used to playing in the center but he is so smart that he learns quickly.

8 points ahead of Atletico  : “For me, they are a very good team. They started with difficulties but they will fight until the end. Nothing is decided yet, everything can quickly change. The season is going to be very special with the World Cup and it was important for us to get off to a good start.

Without Benzema  : “I think the team replaced Karim well. During these matches, we played well without him. Rodrygo scored a spectacular goal and we have a very healthy squad. »

Another goal conceded on a free kick  : “The ideal football is winning with a lot of goals and not conceding any. Perfection does not exist.

Simeone said he really liked how Real played with a low block and counter-attack : “We defended with a low block. We are used to doing it. It is clear that this allowed us to control the possession and the qualities of Félix and Griezmann well. If Simeone says we defend well in the low block, I thank him. Because I take it as a compliment.

Barça is the opponent? “Atletico did not start well, but they are another candidate. It’s a very strange season, we don’t know what will happen after the World Cup. 

Versatility is the future  : “The modern player is complete, he has a lot of energy and quality. Modern football will take advantage of this and the intensity increases. Football is the players. We coaches prepare the strategy, but football belongs to the players, that’s all.


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