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Carlo Ancelotti faces the media ahead of Bernabéu return

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Real Madrid will look to extend their perfect start to the La Liga EA Sports season as they host Getafe on Saturday.

Los Blancos have won all three of their first league games on the road so far this campaign.

Prior to Saturday’s fixture, head coach Carlo Ancelotti faced the media in the pre-match press conference. This is what the Italian had to say:

To begin with, Ancelotti spoke about Saturday’s confrontation:

“We are very happy and excited to return to the Bernabéu, which has a new face. The most important thing is to go back to our stadium and with our fans. After having done well in the first three games, we want to try to get another three points again.”

The coach also spoke about the current team and its strengths:

“I am very happy with this squad. I’ve said it before. What we’ve done, we did a long time ago. When the season started, everything was fixed and the team is very competitive because we have a mixture of quality, strength, energy and experience.”

“We are very well, but we have had important problems, which will be during the season. The squad is good and we can replace these players without problems.”

Bellingham’s debut at the Bernabéu

“The fans will be delighted to see Bellingham live at the stadium. He has a very strong personality and will be very happy to play at the Bernabéu.”

On the loss of Vini through injury

“Without Vinicius we lose a very decisive player in the next games. The idea of the game does not change and in the system we will replace it with a player with different characteristics. We will try to adapt the game in attack.”

Ancelotti continues: “We can replace Vinicius with Joselu and Brahim. We don’t have the obligation to play with three strikers, but it may be that an interior plays.”

“Regardless of this, a player like Vinicius is not going to change the system. If Joselu plays we can play with a center forward and if Brahim plays we can play a little more between the lines.”

On the team’s performance

“We can compete against any rival. We have the resources to compete to the fullest in all competitions. Every year the team changes a little, but it still has a very high quality.”

The Champions League draw

“Napoli did very well last year and has maintained the same squad, with a new coach that I know very well. It is a team that competes very well and last year they reached the quarterfinals.”

“Union Berlin stands out as a team, especially in the defensive aspect. We have to respect Braga because, like all Portuguese teams, they try to play soccer and they do it well. All teams must be respected, especially in the Champions League because every game can be a trap.”

On injury returns

“Ceballos and Mendy continue to do individual work. During the break they will start with the team and return to the group when the league returns against Real Sociedad.”

Rodrygo

“He has the unusual quality of doing many things both on the outside and on the left. On the wings he can be more effective. He has played as a center forward and has done very well, as well as between the lines. Rodrygo is a very complete striker and there are very few like him in the market.”

Illusion for the season

“I’m not in the minds of all fans. I look forward to the season. Each of us, when the season begins, has the illusion of having a spectacular season. Many times it has happened and it can happen again this year.”

Rodrygo

“He has the unusual quality of doing many things both on the outside and on the left. On the wings he can be more effective. He has played as a center forward and has done very well, as well as between the lines. Rodrygo is a very complete striker and there are very few like him in the market.”

Illusion for the season

“I’m not in the minds of all fans. I look forward to the season. Each of us, when the season begins, has the illusion of having a spectacular season. Many times it has happened and it can happen again this year.”

Penalty takers for the season

“It depends on the matches because Joselu hits them very well because he has experience, Modrić too and Vinicius. It can be first Joselu, then Modrić and then Vinicius.”

On the youth team

Gonzalo is doing very well, he is contributing and will be in the squad just like Nico Paz. Real Madrid’s youth academy is very good at its work. All the players who come to train with us have very good quality such as Gonzalo, Marvel, Vinicius Tobias and Mario Martín. The Real Madrid youth team is producing a lot of talents.”

Would I lower my salary for Mbappé to arrive?

“I don’t see that it makes sense to lower my salary with Mbappé. And I didn’t talk about him because he’s a PSG player. We respect all clubs and players who are not from Madrid.”
 

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