Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid coach): “It wasn’t a fantastic match”

Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid coach): “It wasn’t a fantastic match”

Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid coach): “It wasn’t a fantastic match”

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach, after the victory against RB Leipzig (2-0) for the second day of the Champions League: “It was not a spectacular match, fantastic. The truth is, we didn’t want to before … The most important thing for us was to avoid counterattacks, because it’s very dangerous. That’s why we didn’t push the defensive line too hard, we didn’t press too hard in the first half. The game wasn’t great, but we checked well behind. The game was controlled from behind and only twice were we caught behind.

We wanted to play a game to win it and defensive vigilance was a very important aspect, because Leipzig’s best quality is the counterattack transitions. We didn’t want them to hurt us on that level. This is why we controlled the midfield a lot. In the second half they lowered their intensity to make quick transitions, we pushed a little more. And in the end we won by deserving it. I think it’s a time of the season where I can’t ask players to play fantasy football, I ask them to play smart football to, in the simplest way, win games. “

Marco Rose, coach of RB Leipzig “Overall it was a very intense match. I don’t think we have been rewarded for our performance. A very correct and very pleasant performance for most of the game. I think we did a great job today. We have won many good balls, we have had opportunities to score, we have had ball possession phases. Overall I don’t think we lost much, but then, at a time when you have to put extra energy into the game at this level, we didn’t defend our goal as well.

Against this Real, who took advantage of a counterattack with Vinicius on the wing, we defended ourselves very well. Then, behind, we no longer defended ourselves so well, because in situations we didn’t finish well enough. And so it’s bitter, of course, because I think we deserved more in the game today. But in the end, we always get what we deserve. We did a good 90 minutes and there wasn’t a single minute we weren’t paying attention. Overall, the result is disappointing, but the performance is very satisfying. Now we will put an end to it, because on Saturday we will go to Mönchengladbach. “

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