Written by Patrick Echatah
Real Madrid got off to a good start in 2022–23 season by defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0, which allowed Karim Benzema to win the UEFA Super Cup as his first trophy as Los Blancos captain.
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“We have a serious and motivated team that is determined to keep winning,” Carlo Ancelotti said in a post-match news conference. Unexpectedly challenging, especially in the first half when we had trouble playing the ball in the midfield. We had good control after Alaba’s goal. We’re in good shape. The fact that we have kept clean sheets in each of our three final games since my return as coach is really encouraging.
Ancelotti on Casemiro’s performance
Casemiro won the MVP of the UEFA Super Cup and the coach was asked if the Brazilian feels especially motivated because of the arrival of Aurélien Tchouaméni. To that, Ancelotti said: “I haven’t asked him if he was annoyed by Tchouaméni’s arrival. He is the same as always and won the MVP because he was the best player. He managed their counter attacks well. Tchouaméni is going to learn a lot from him.”
Ancelotti on rotations
During the press conference, the coach was asked if he’d consider rotating more this season than last year. To that, he simply replied: “This year, yes. We’re going to rotate a bit more.”
Ancelotti on the set piece goal
Asked about the opening goal and the plan for set pieces, Ancelotti said of Alaba’s goal that: “We aimed to hit their far post as we felt they had weakness there. Casemiro was there and was able to put it back.”
Ancelotti on the mood in the dressing room
Discussing the atmosphere in the dressing room right now, Ancelotti said: “It’s a pleasure to work with these players. They’re so healthy. It’s such a good dressing room. I can’t do it alone, as I need help with physical preparation, medical preparation, tactical preparation. I like to designate.”
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Bayer Leverkusen teenage forward Iker Bravo wants to go back to Spain, according to the German club’s CEO Fernando Carro, who spoke to Radio Marca this morning.
“The player wants to return to Spain, but I think he is wrong and that the best thing for him would be to stay in Leverkusen and train every day with the first team and play with the U19,” Carro said. “We will sell him to the one who gives us the best conditions.”
This week, there have been numerous reports in Spain claiming that Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are the two remaining contenders, with the following criteria determining who would prevail: 1) Preference for Iker Bravo; 2) Whichever club compensates Bayer Leverkusen the most.
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