MADRID, Sep. 6 (.) –
The Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, confessed that Karim Benzema’s injury “doesn’t seem to be worrying at all”, although he needs to undergo tests to find out the true extent, and celebrated the victory achieved on Tuesday at Celtic Park thanks to “a recital” by his team in the second half.
“Karim’s doesn’t seem to be worrying at all, but we have to wait for tomorrow’s tests. In the first scan it doesn’t seem like anything serious, we still don’t know if he’s muscular, but we need to wait,” Ancelotti confirmed at a press conference where he also indicated that he wanted to “avoid problems” by changing Eder Militao to rest because he had “an overload in the ischium”.
Regarding the game, he clarified that he was not angry at the start. “I can’t be angry with this team, we have suffered because you suffer here, especially in the first half. In the second we played very, very well, I am very satisfied, but also for the first half because sometimes everything can’t work out as you want and sometimes you have to suffer and this team is capable of suffering without losing its head. The second half was a recital”, he admitted.
“We kept a clean sheet, but I prefer the game in the second half, we managed time and possession well and when we had room to put speed on”, added the coach of the Madrid team.
The one from Reggiolo praised Eden Hazard for his match. “He’s motivated and he’s doing well, it wasn’t easy to get in because it cost him a bit in the first half, but in the second he was decisive with the assist for Modric and scoring the third. It’s important for us and hopefully he can continue like this “, he stated, pointing out that the Belgian “cannot play as a center forward”, but he can help them “in possession” and in not having a “fixed position” for the rival central defenders.
“Tchouameni played a good game. Kroos went down to handle possession and he could get ahead a little more, they are mechanisms that we have to fix little by little, we need a little time because he is not used to playing together. He has not done a spectacular game, but it has been good and he has managed the midfield well together with Modric and Kroos”, he sentenced about the French midfielder.