Ancelotti: “People have criticized me for not rotating, but now they are unhappy that I rotate”

Ahead of the match between Real Madrid and Levante in the middle of the week, Carlo Ancelotti held his pre-match press conference on Wednesday for lunch and discussed the match, as well as faced several questions about the Champions League final and the transfer market.

Talking primarily about the Levante game, they asked him if he was considering wrapping his star players in cotton wool to avoid injury ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool on 28 May. Although the Italian confirmed that he will continue to rotate in the next few weeks, he rejected the idea because he wants his team to stay tough, explaining: “We want to keep a good pace and win tomorrow. We can’t wrap players in cotton wool. If you lose your competitive advantage, that is a problem for the Champions League final. We have to overcome fatigue well, which is why I rotate the team a bit. All season people have been saying ‘the coach never rotates’ and now that I’m rotating, people are still not happy. I think this is a good time to distribute the minutes to everyone, to get in the best shape for the game on May 28th. Players who did not start against Atlético Madrid, such as Courtois, Vinícius, Benzema, have returned… ”

In the Levante match, two Italian coaches, Ancelotti and Alessio Lisci, will fight against each other. Although the Real Madrid boss has not yet met with Lisci, he is impressed with the work of the young tactician, stating: “I don’t know him personally, but I have seen his team play and Levante play much better. They play with heart and personality. I look forward to meeting him tomorrow. ”

During the press conference, Ancelotti analyzed the league campaign as a whole and said: “We had a fantastic league campaign. We started well and had only a few really worrying moments, the away defeat at Espanyol and the home defeat by Barcelona. But other than those games, we always competed well. It’s a title without any ‘buts’. “

Ancelotti on Aston Villa against Liverpool

Asked if he had watched the Aston Villa match against Liverpool on Tuesday night, Ancelotti confirmed that he had. The coach said: “I watched the match as a football fan, but more as an analyst. We know Liverpool very well and I know them very well. I’ve faced them at least twice in each of the last four seasons. With Napoli, we played Liverpool in the Champions League 2018/19 and 2019/20, as well as in the preseason. Then I met them at Everton in the Merseyside derby. So, I know them very well, and they know me very well. Liverpool also know Real Madrid. So, I don’t think there are any secrets in the final. “

Ancelotti on the work of Pinto

The influence of Antonio Pintus on the season was important and now the fitness coach is trying to better prepare the team for the Champions League finals. Speaking about his Italian colleague, Ancelotti said: “He is a great professional and one of the best I have worked with in this field. I think we have combined physical work with tactical and technical work in a good way this season. He is a friend, a modest person and above all a great professional, who takes care of small details. The players trust him a lot. ”

Ancelotti on the signing of Haaland by Manchester City

After Erling Haaland confirmed the move to Manchester City, the Real Madrid coach was asked about it. He replied, “I don’t like to talk about things like that. Haaland is a great player and Manchester City is a great club, but I’m just thinking about my team, that gave me another Champions League final. “

Ancelotti on Rüdiger and Mbappé

Real Madrid will sign their contracts and Antonio Rüdiger and Kylian Mbappé will move to the Bernabéu. But Ancelotti did not want to talk about these transfers either. He explained: “I think we will have time to talk about such things after the finals. This is not the time to talk about the future of Real Madrid, because we have to focus on the next few weeks and the final. I don’t want to talk about the transfer market. I want to talk about tomorrow’s game. This is not a day to discuss alleged arrivals. “

Ancelotti on leading the 2021/22 team

Speaking about this season’s team, Ancelotti gave some details on what it was like to manage the players. He said: “Sometimes I have had problems with players in the past. Without saying the name, there were players who were frustrated when I told them they were resting in a certain game. But here, again without any names, when I tell a player who has won four Champions League titles that he is resting in a certain game, they say ‘no problem’. The players here at Real Madrid have a different level of professionalism. That’s why this has been an easy season for me. “

Ancelotti of Vinicius and Rodrigo

The 2021/22 season was an important season for both Vinícius and Rodrygo. Asked about them and what they can continue to do to improve, the coach said: “Vinícius can still improve without the ball and use his speed in other areas as well as dribbling one on one. Rodrygo will get better and better because he is talented, intelligent and humble. I think he has already made a lot of progress this season and has made a difference in some big games. We are happy to have a player like him. ”

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