Ancelotti: “We cannot get so close to the bottom to react”

MADRID, Jan. 19 (.) –

The Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, acknowledged that his team’s second half against Villarreal, where they came back from 2-0 after a “very bad” first, was “unexpected” and assessed the response as “spectacular”, although it was also made it clear that they cannot “get so close to the bottom to react.”

“It seems that we have returned, but we also have to take into account the first part, which has not been good, it has been very bad. The second has been unexpected because it is difficult to change the dynamics when the first has been so bad”, indicated Ancelotti at the post-match press conference.

The Italian coach confessed that he was “very angry” at halftime with the 0-2 deficit. “They have gone ahead very soon and we have been forceful in the duels and we have lost too many. I have told them to wake up because we were on time and they have woken up very well,” he warned.

“We can’t play like the first part. The reaction in the second has been spectacular as always because this shield never gives up, but we can’t get so close to the bottom to react,” the Italian stressed.

The one from Reggiolo celebrated that his team had “character and personality to change the dynamics, which was very negative.” “We don’t have to forget and improve, but the second half gives us a lot of confidence. We had character, we fought for all the balls, we have changed and I think that you (the journalists) have also changed the match article”, he stressed with a smile.

For the Madrid coach, Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos “changed the dynamics of the game”. “The two put more quality and more energy and I think they have been decisive in turning it around,” he confessed.

In addition, he confirmed that he changed Rodrygo Goes at half-time because he had “a slightly loaded muscle” and preferred “not to risk”, and assured that he saw Eduardo Camavinga “very well”, whom he kept on the field despite having a yellow from the first part in which “he was not well placed, like everyone else”. “In the second he had more energy, more character. I have not taken him away because little by little he learns that he must take care of himself. He has played a complete game”, he explained.

Finally, Ancelotti ruled out that he had had a problem with the local goalkeeper Pepe Reina. “Nothing has happened, he was a bit annoyed with Vinicius and I told him to calm down and calm down,” he settled. In any case, when asked if something had happened with Vinicius and the Villarreal bench, he made it clear that he did not know “if they were angry.” “What I have seen is that Vinicius has been kicked a lot, as always,” he said.

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