Thursday, March 23

Ancelotti: “For me, too much possession”

“We are curdling a new era with a coach who knows us very well.” Florentino Perez, the president of Madrid, praised the work of Charles Ancelotti, who won his first title on his return to the white bench. “It’s been a good week for Spanish football,” underlined the Madridista leader, who then praised Cuts, who was decisive with that foot that allowed him to stop the penalty shot by Raul Garcia, and also to modric, who signed the 0-1 with a superb goal.

“The title means a lot. We have made some changes and this is a new era, with a new coach… We have changed the defense and it is giving very good results. Happy and optimistic about the direction we are taking to score. I never talk about the referees,” he said after Florentine, happy because the couple formed by Alaba and Militao has made Ramos and Varane forget.

Ancelotti also wanted to ironize about the way in which Madrid defeated Athletic. “I am very happy because two games have come out that we have played well with two facets,” the white coach began by saying. “For me today, too much possession,” he stressed in reference to the criticism he received after defeating Barça using the counterattack formula. “This title is a boost to continue, now we don’t have much time to think and we have to compete,” Ancelotti said.

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“Courtois? Honestly, and without wanting to brag, I have to say that they are the two best in the world. Modric? He is in a moment worthy of winning the Ballon d’Or again. It is normal, he is the best in the world”, pointed Florentine even before Luis Enrique, the Spanish coach, chose the midfielder as the best player in the final.

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“If they put the penalty there are seven or eight minutes of heart attack. I left my foot there,” admitted the Madrid goalkeeper. “The best in the world? Thank you very much to the president for saying so. I try to continue to deliver to make Madrid fans happy,” said Courtois. “This title shows that we are doing a great job. Perhaps after the defeat against Getafe there could be some doubt, but we have won Valencia, the classic and the final”, added the goalkeeper.

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