Carlo Ancelotti on Real Madrid squad: “It’s one of the best, if not the best I’ve had.”

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga on Saturday night.

“Today I want to highlight those who came off the bench: Camavinga, Lucas Vázquez, Asensio… and also what Vinícius has done, providing two assists. That means much more than a goal,” the Italian said in quotes picked up by AS.

On Vinícius

“He’s performing at a very high level and he needs continuity, but it’s not easy because it takes a lot of energy to play. To progress, he needs to work on this.”

Assessment of the 3-1 win over Sevilla

“I think what happened is that in the first half, we struggled to win the ball back. I think we did well in this aspect and our performance dropped in the second half. When we conceded the goal, we lost confidence. The changes gave the team energy and confidence. We scored through a brilliant counter, Asensio’s pass, Vinicius…”.

How are Valverde and Benzema?

“It was a blow to the leg [on Valverde]. Karim will be back on Sunday.”

Team changes

“The changes have brought a lot to the team. Those who have come on have done very well. We have a fantastic bench, with a great attitude. They make the difference. The squad is healthy.”

On Real Madrid squad

“It’s a team that I like to coach, they don’t give me any problems. They are very respectful. It’s one of the best, if not the best I’ve had.”

Sixth game that Benzema has missed, are you worried?

“We’re not worried, it’s a minor thing. He’s healthy and motivated, and still important to us.”


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