The coach of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelottirecognized this Saturday that “rotating will be important” in the run up to the World Cup, with “many games in a short time”, at the same time that he announced the ownership of a Karim Benzema who is “very good” and has refuted the Barcelona coach, Xavi Hernandezand his request to various selectors to look after to his footballers, ensuring that he does not call international coaches.
“It is an important moment of the season, we play many games in a short time. A very important second half begins, there are League and Champions League matches, we have to think that rotating is important, because we play every three days… We have a strong squad, everyone will put their quality and commitment to do well now too”, said the coach at the press conference prior to this Sunday’s match against Osasuna (9:00 p.m.).
Thus, the Italian insisted that “the challenge” for the team before the break for the World Cup is “to do well in all the games”, because “the objective is to win”. “I can’t choose many things,” Ancelotti quipped. “During this period, the League can be put on track, reach the knockout stages of the Champions League… It would be important. I see the team doing well, motivated, as always,” he analyzed.
The Madrid coach is also concerned about the Physical condition with which the players who play the World Cup will arrive, which starts on November 20. “We are thinking about how to handle the situation of the players who come back. We may play with the players we have here until the middle of January. There will also be players who go and don’t play. We will give them ten days of vacation,” he explained.
Ancelotti made it clear that the Clásico on October 16 at the Bernabéu “is still very far away” and that the game against Osasuna this Sunday “is the most important thing”, for which they have “prepared well”. “There is no time to think about a game that will arrive in a fortnight,” he insisted.
“I’m not going to call the selectors”
“Benzema is doing very well, he is going to start the game tomorrow. He has trained well, his physical condition is very good, he has recovered and has been able to put energy into his legs, I see him very well”, he announced about the Frenchman, who will play again after missing the last three games -Mallorca, Leipzig and Atlético- due to injury.
The Italian, who praised the work of Rodrygo Goes in the absence of the ‘9’ Assuring that he would be in his eleven type if the Champions League final were played tomorrow, he defended that the public will enjoy Benzema “of always”, a “spectacular player”. “He hasn’t scored in the last few games because he hasn’t played,” the coach joked, adding that he doesn’t see “anything strange” in the Frenchman, although he admitted that “not having completed the preseason may have affected him.”
Although he will be able to count on Benzema, Ancelotti will have the Luka Modric drops out, injured with Croatia, although “it’s not a very serious thing” and he will start training with the group this Monday, so he will arrive “very fair” for this Wednesday’s Champions League match against Shakhtar. A situation very similar to that of Lucas Vázquez, who will not train with the team until next week.
“Hazard and Asensio are fine, the matches with their national teams have been good for them. They are ready to contribute, like everyone else, “said the coach about the two extremes, until now with little prominence in the white club. At the same time that he highlighted that Fede Valverde “has many things from Steven Gerrard”. “It’s very good for him to be compared to a player who had this success. He has everything to reach that level and more,” praised the Uruguayan.
Finally, Ancelotti assured that he does not call the coaches to ‘take care’ of his footballers, after Xavi Hernández did so with the Brazilian coach, Tite. “They call me to ask me about the condition of the players. I only inform them and nothing more. During the selection period I will not call the selectors,” she asserted.
Although he did agree with Xavi regarding the grouping of international matches, to arrange a “compressed” calendar. “It seems good to me, the most important issue in football is the calendar. The institutions have to work to fix this, the problem is that there are too many games,” he settled.