Sports Desk, October 18 (EFE) .- Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday he was confident his players would correct the mistakes they made in the recent losses to Sheriff Tiraspol and Espanyol, acknowledging that his team lacked organization and sense of identity. .
“The team is doing well, motivated by an important game (in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday against Shakhtar Donetsk),” he told a press conference at the Kyiv National Olympic Sports Complex. , in Ukraine.
âWe made mistakes in the last two games we played. There was a lack of organization, and we worked on the mistakes we made. The team is ready for a tough game against an opponent who is playing well and who will try to do everything to win.
Ancelotti also said a squad change was planned after a shocking 2-1 loss to Moldovan club Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League group stage on September 28 and a 2-1 loss to Espanyol in La Liga. the 3rd of October. Real Madrid are currently second (behind Sheriff) in Group D of the Champions League and second (behind Real Sociedad) in La Liga.
âI tried to defend with a 4-4-2, like we did against Espanyol. And it didn’t work, âsaid the Italian head coach. âThe idea I have is very clear. This team must play in 4-3-3, there is no other wayâ¦ For this group, it is the best system and the one to which they are most used.
The international break came at the right time for Real Madrid, with only forward Eden Hazard now struggling with a muscle injury.
âAside from that little problem, we took advantage of this time to put two important players back on like (Ferland) Mendy and Marcelo, and (Toni) Kroos’ physical condition has improved,â said Ancelotti.
The Shakhtar contest is the first game of a week in which Real Madrid will also face their big rival FC Barcelona on Sunday at Camp Nou.
“These are two very important games,” said Ancelotti. âWe have to do well in this streak after the break. The team is prepared and motivated because they know how important the game (Tuesday) is for the group.
With Kroos on the road to a full recovery and Casemiro having overcome a dental infection, Ancelotti can deploy a group of veteran midfielders – Luka Modric included – who have helped lead Los Blancos to a plethora of titles.
âThese are players who are always in competition because they are still part of the elite. And I’m also lucky to have a team with young players like (Federico) Valverde, (Antonio) Blanco and (Eduardo) Camavinga who push them to training so that they are ready and prepared for anything â, Ancelotti said. “We have a midfielder who can compete with anyone.” EFE
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