January 25 News Real Madrid coach Ancelotti attended the meeting with Atletico Madrid
Pre-match press conference
You mentioned before that you didn’t understand when Capello put you on the bench.
So, if you put Modric or Kroos on the bench in a key game, do you think they will understand?
I don’t think it’s a problem, they are all professional players, they understand the current situation of Real Madrid, and I don’t need to explain the situation of Real Madrid.
Sometimes they don’t play, they can understand.
I explained before the start of the season that now that Real Madrid is undergoing a new generation, they need to be patient with the youngsters and rest the veterans.
Real Madrid’s success last season also came from: the understanding of veterans, and the patience of young people, this is the key.
Valverde’s performance in the first stage of the season was very good, but he has not scored a goal after the World Cup, and his shots are not as accurate as before. Why?
I don’t think Valverde is at his best yet, but he’s improving and making a contribution.
Of course, it’s not like the first stage of the season, which is normal, because the World Cup has just ended.
Our requirement for Valverde is not to score goals, but to contribute to the team, whether it is offense or defense.
When Valverde gets back to his best form, goals will come back.
For Modric and Kroos, are you more inclined to play together or separately?
There is no problem with the two, and they can play together. I have no doubts about this. The two players have made great contributions this season and are very critical in many games.
Considering the recent performance, if Asensio and Ceballos cannot play tomorrow, do you think it is inappropriate?
No, I don’t think it’s a question of inappropriateness. It’s a question of rotation, because the current schedule is very tight. For tomorrow’s game, there is no doubt that we need to come up with the strongest lineup, which is also our goal.
Vinicius has been fouled nearly 100 times in half a season. Does it mean that Vinicius may have to be injured once to make people pay attention to this issue?
I don’t want Vinicius to get injured, but there is no doubt that we are focusing on solving this problem. Vinicius is not in very good physical condition, although Vinicius is in very good physical condition.
After that, we also need to consider his emotional problems and need to protect Vinicius.
We need Vinicius, football needs Vinicius, everyone needs to protect him, both physically and mentally.
I think Vinicius is very focused and has no complaints. For him now, he will make a huge contribution.
Alaba and Joan Armeni resumed training today, will they be able to play tomorrow?
Alaba can, but Joan Armeni can’t. He still needs time to participate in joint training. I think he can play in the league on Sunday.
Hazard is not good enough, he needs more training content, neither Carvajal nor Vazquez can do it.
We have four injured now, but Real Madrid’s injured are slowly coming back.
Eliminating Atletico Madrid and completely cutting off the hope of Madrid competing for the championship, is this another motivation for Real Madrid?
No, we don’t think about this issue, we only think that Real Madrid has the opportunity to reach the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey now, which is a good opportunity.
Of course, the strength of Atletico Madrid should not be underestimated. This kind of game is very special, very important and very interesting.
Atletico Madrid’s state has picked up significantly recently and has won many victories.
There is a high probability that Nacho will continue to serve as right back tomorrow. What do you think of Nacho?
Where is he best suited?
I think Nacho is not only a central defender, he can play various positions in the backcourt, he is very smart, as I said, “Nacho is a pessimistic defender”, so he can do all kinds of jobs, Nacho and I
Said he likes to play central defender best, I remembered, so tomorrow I will let him play full-back (laughs).
Camavinga said that he likes to play the midfielder position the most, but after Joan Ameni returns, how do you think they should be arranged?
I think two people can play together, because if it is a three-man midfielder, it will be more difficult for Joan Ameni to play as an inside forward, but Camavinga can play an inside forward.
We used Camavinga to play left and right inside forwards before, but we can also let two people play double midfielders together, such as vitality on the court and playing the ball in the backcourt. These are all ideas for the future.
The president of the Brazilian Football Association said that he will go to Europe to meet with some ideal candidates for the coach. Do you have any contact with the Brazilian Football Association now?
Not yet, but I’ll let you know if there is one.
Regarding Camavinga, at first everyone positioned Camavinga as a midfielder, but then you let him play as an inside forward, and now he plays as a midfielder again. What do you think of his recent state?
Because it seems that Camavinga fouled a lot in this position:
I think this is a player’s own advantage, because Camavinga is very good at stealing and has very long legs. Of course, sometimes it is a foul if he moves slowly.
But he is not a flagrant foul player, very aggressive, he needs to maintain this momentum, Camavinga is full of energy, we need a player like him.
With Alaba coming back, can Nacho continue to get playing time steadily?
I still say that reliable players will always have playing time, maybe sometimes less playing time, but reliable players will always be reliable. When I think about the starting lineup, it will definitely be considered.