MADRID, Aug. 9 (.) –
The Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has assured that Aurélien Tchouaméni and Antonio Rüdiger have “improved the squad” compared to last year and have given the team “physical and technical quality”, and has stated that they are going to “try” to win the six competitions that face this course, a “very complicated” challenge and that begin this Wednesday in the final of the European Super Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki.
“The squad has improved compared to last year. We are going to compete and fight,” he declared at a press conference. “We have signed two players who have improved the physical and technical quality of the team. We know each other better. The alchemy between youngsters and veterans was the key to last year’s success. Rüdiger and Tchouaméni bring quality and physicality,” he added.
Regarding the team’s dependence on Frenchman Karim Benzema, the Italian coach downplayed it. “We have a lot of strikers: Karim, Mariano, Rodrygo, Hazard, Asensio, Vínicius… Replacing Karim right now is impossible, there is no player like him. If he gets constipated, we adapt,” he said with a laugh.
In addition, he announced that he will offer his reward to the players who won the fourteenth Champions League in Paris. “If we’re here it’s because of the work done by those who won the ‘Champions’. I’m going to put the team that has won… except one, two or three,” he joked.
“I think it was the best season of my career. I had never managed to win the League and ‘Champions’, and my players did it with spirit, attitude, quality, enthusiasm… For all these reasons we achieved something important by beating important teams”, he continued. “We are going to fight for all the competitions, winning all six is a much more complicated challenge. We are going to try, although it is very difficult,” he warned.
About the 1-6 conceded by Eintracht against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, he assured that “it is not” going to “deceive” them. “They have played a great Europa League, beating very strong teams. It is a dynamic team and we have to fight well, we have the conditions to do so and a lot of confidence for this match. The illusion is still alive in us and in the fans and we want this illusion continues,” he said.
“It’s very complicated, Bayern have a budget, a much bigger history than the other teams. The budget is one of the most important things to be successful, and this is what has happened in Germany. Balancing this is very complicated.” , he concluded.