Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti spoke at a pre-match press conference ahead of their La Liga clash against Real Betis in Seville tomorrow, and gave some insight into his team’s preparations and player performances.
Ancelotti was asked about if Eduardo Camavinga is adapting better than fellow French midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni, he answered, “Let’s not forget that Tchouaméni surprised in the first stretch of the season, precisely because of his rapid adaptation. It is true that after the World Cup his level has dropped, but he is going to recover it.”
Ancelotti also gave his thoughts on midfielder Dani Ceballos, stating that he is “okay” and ready for when his time comes to play. The manager also gave a resounding endorsement of defender Éder Militão, stating that he is the best center back in the world.
When asked about criticisms that midfielders Luka Modrić and Toni Kroos are slowing down the game, Ancelotti defended the duo, stating that they “make the ball run” and are important players for Real Madrid.
“They don’t run, but they make the ball run. Because the ball doesn’t sweat.” Ancelotti said.
Ancelotti also addressed concerns about striker Karim Benzema’s form, stating that he sees him in good physical condition and not worried about him. Defending Benzema’s recent form, Ancelotti said, “It is not possible to score in all games! Karim doesn’t worry me, because I see him well, in good physical condition.”
The manager also commented on winger Vinícius Júnior, who has been fouled frequently in recent games, stating that it’s important he doesn’t lose his enthusiasm for playing.
Ancelotti also commented on the team’s busy schedule, with their ninth consecutive week with a double matchday. “I see the team well, recovering players. This Sunday will be difficult; Betis are attractive and play well. There is no margin for error. We will give everything,” he said.
Real Madrid have trained with all their available players except for Andriy Lunin, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, and Luka Modrić who is suspended for the game, with academy players Luis López, Cañizarez, Alvaro Rodríguez, and Pipi joining in with the first team training. The team will face Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin Stadium tomorrow, as they look to lower the gap against Barcelona who are comfortably at the top of the La Liga table for the current season.