Ancelotti: “The team is improving, but we are at -5 and we have to run”


Real Madrid and Real Sociedad drew 0-0 for the 19th matchday of La Liga with the Spanish champion staying at -5 from the leader, Barcelona.

At the press conference after the end of the game, Carlo Ancelotti he stated that he was pleased with the team’s performance, while when asked if Barcelona are moving away from the top, he replied:We are five points behind, we have to “run”. Barcelona are doing very well, but there is a way to go. We will fight for the title».

Carlo Ancelotti’s statements in detail:

For the match against Sociedad: “We played very well, we deserved to win, the team is improving. We did well with and without the ball, it was a complete game but we missed scoring, we were close. I am satisfied that the team played well. It was one of the best matches.”

If it affected the Cup game: “We pushed hard for 90 minutes with a lot of intensity, extra time on Thursday was not noticeable, we had a high intensity until the end.”

The use of Kamavinga on the left: “He did good things, created a lot of chances with Vinicius on the side. It’s an option we can use, even if it doesn’t feel comfortable yet. It gives us energy, which it also contributes as an extremum. In this situation, with Vinicius, the winger has to be more inside and Kamavinga does that very well.”

If the changes helped: “Asensio took Valverde’s place as central, Rodrigo on the wings, he manages his position very well. It was difficult to make the changes because nobody deserved to leave the field. I saw the team well on the pitch, I didn’t want to change that dynamic. If you don’t score… I’m satisfied with the game we played. The changes were to get fresh legs, because no one deserved the change.”

For Thembayos performance: “He plays at a very high level. It contributes to a lot. He was ready and he has shown it.”

Can Real win the league: “They are playing very well in every game, but winning the league seems a bit early to me.”

Edited by: Christos Lois

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