Ancelotti after Real Madrid triumph: “The holidays are over”

Real Madrid defeated humble Alcoyano 3-1 on Tuesday at the El Collao Stadium and qualified for the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. In this way, he conquered his first defeat of 2022, since this last weekend he lost 1-0 against Getafe and coach Carlo Ancelotti had a strong public attention call to his team.

This message, apparently, reached the squad because, for the duel on January 5, the merengue team came out with a different attitude and, despite the fact that the local team complicated it on some occasions, the whites made them feel the weight of their squad, despite being with several substitutes. FC Barcelona could be his rival in the next phase.

Ancelotti acknowledged that his players played much better compared to last Sunday in LaLiga. “We played the game we had to do. We have fought, we have fought and you couldn’t play another match. The holidays ended after Getafe. Putting quality in these games is not possible and what the team has done is what it had to do, “he said.

However, he highlighted Alcoyano’s game: “I have seen the game in danger because they have tied us in a very good play, but in the end we have achieved it.” On the other hand, he praised Eden Hazard and hopes that he will improve. “It is true that he can have a better one against one and I think he will return to his best level because he has it and he will show it,” he declared at a press conference.

He also referred to the goalkeeper’s position, as this afternoon the starter was Croatian Andriy Lunin. “He has made his game. He has been very good at the posts, for sure, although he has had some mistakes with his feet, although I like the goalkeeper who stops, not the one who plays. I have not said that the Cup is owned by him as I have not said that the League is owned by Courtois, “he added.