NEWS STORY. 02/01/2023. Albert Navaro. Photographer: Antonio Villalba
“The crowd is always close, we had a good atmosphere in training and we are very happy,” added the coach.
Carlo Ancelotti appeared in the Real Madrid City press room on the eve of the Copa del Rey round of 16, in which Real Madrid face Cacereño at home (Tuesday, 9pm). The coach recounted his impressions on this duel: “It’s a match for which we have to be ready. It’s hard to think that only quality can win games. There must also be commitment and effort. The Cup is an important competition for which we must put everything we have into it: quality, commitment and effort”.
“Courtois and Carvajal had small problems. Tomorrow they will rest and will be available for Villarreal. I won’t give minutes to Benzema, Vini Jr., Kroos, Alaba and Mendy either. We will try to play the best game possible.” there will also be players trained in the club Arribas, Nico Paz, Marvel and Álvaro Rodríguez. They are very comfortable with Castilla, at the helm of which Raúl is doing a great job. Young people are progressing very fast and not just these four . , but also Mario Martín, Rafa Marín… The academy produces players for the future of Real Madrid.”
The King’s Cup
“I won one and it shows how important this competition is for us. Not the most important one, which is the Champions League. The crest on this shirt obliges you to respect all competitions and win everything you can. We have to try to win it “.
The bus trip to Cáceres
“I really like the bus and I’m happy to go there. I don’t know Spain like Italy and it’s a time to enjoy this wonderful country.”
Training with the public
“There was a good atmosphere. It’s only once a year because of security, but it’s a very cool thing and we’re excited to do it. It’s one of the first days of the new year and the audience is always close to us. It’s an important part of our work. It’s a good time for us and for the public.”
“It’s complicated, but we have all the resources to manage it well: all the data, the technical staff with many people, physiotherapists, doctors… I think it can be arranged very well also taking into account that the games help improve the condition of the players”.
Vini Jr. and racism
“I have no reason to tell him about this. It is a clear enough topic. Racism and xenophobia have no reason to exist. We are kidding ourselves if we think otherwise. It is a problem of society and tolerance must be zero in this sense It’s not a problem of La Liga, but more general and cultural than a club that doesn’t have the training it should have, we have to focus on something bigger than Vini Jr., La Liga or the sanctions”.
The truce before Christmas
“This respite hasn’t been like 2014. I don’t know what’s going to happen in 2023 and I’m no wizard, but I’m thrilled that we’ll do well and it’ll be like 2022. It wouldn’t be bad. I don’t want to think that what we did last year it cannot be repeated. We can repeat it and, why not, do better. In this squad we have fewer doubts than we had at this moment in 2022.”
The extension of Kroos
“He knows it more or less clearly and he will know it even more clearly next month. As a football lover, it’s impossible to think he will retire. And as he said, he wants to finish his career at Real Madrid, I think that’s a certainty.” .
The Ceballos case
“I’m not talking about extensions. He’s a player who’s doing well and the object of the contract is something personal that the player and the club must evaluate.”
Out of contract players
“We have no problems with this. The players are focused on what they are doing. When the player reaches the end of the contract, it’s not as worrying as it was a few years ago. If they want to stay, they stay, and if they want to leave, they leave they go. The clubs aren’t too worried about that either.”