Real Madrid's Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti, commented in the press room that he had no preferences for tomorrow's Sunday match between Barcelona and Atlético. "What I hope is that it will be an entertaining match and what I think about is enjoying it. I have no preferences about the result. May the one who plays the best win."
Ancelotti was satisfied with his team's play and celebrated that the crowd chanted his name: "The crowd loves me a lot at the Bernabéu and that's why I'm very happy."
The Italian then praised the performance of several of his players, especially Brahim: "He is playing very well, working hard. Wherever I put him, he delivers, I am very happy with him. He did not have much prominence at the beginning, but now he is showing his quality".
The coach highlighted Kroos and Rodrygo. He commented on the German that "he doesn't miss passes, the first thing. And he always chooses the best option. He wants the ball, he isn't afraid of pressure, he always orients himself well. The best thing is his orientation, his control, he is always in the right place when he receives "He is irreplaceable even when he doesn't play."
Of Rodrygo, he said: "He has returned to his best level, scoring many goals. Today I also deny that he only scores on the left. When he is good, he scores from anywhere. I put him more on the right today because I thought there would be more space on there. His goal was a well-made goal."
Another of the highlights was Valverde, who in several phases of the match acted as a double pivot alongside Kroos: "I think he likes it, he enjoys the position, he plays like that in Uruguay and he is doing very well. It is difficult to say which one it is his best position on the field. A little further back it is more difficult for him to get there, but he has had his opportunity. The work he does in any position is very useful for the team."
The coach also commented that Kepa, who was on the bench today, and Luka Modric will be recovered for Seville's match against Betis next Saturday.
Also passing through the mixed zone was the Ukrainian Andryi Lunin, who left a striking phase: "Thanks to my team because my fingers froze today." The Ukrainian goalkeeper, who was once again a starter, did not receive a single shot from Granada.