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Carlo Ancelotti: Real boss says Vinicius Junior is the best in the world

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Ahead of Real Madrid’s game against Girona corresponding to matchday eight of the 2023/2024 La Liga EA Sports season, head coach Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media.

Real Madrid will travel to Montilivi late Saturday afternoon in what promises to be a thrilling clash.

Firstly, the Real boss spoke about his side’s readiness: “We are fine. We will play an important match against the leader of the competition. We will try to do our best. We have recovered Rüdiger, who didn’t suffer anything serious. The team is a little tired, but we are very excited.”

Are you worried about the damage that Girona can do to Madrid?

“The concern we have is to do things a little better. It’s a game that has to be complete. The team has to have balance, defend well. And when we have a ball, show the quality we have to generate damage.”

On Vinicius Junior

“Vinicius is fine, he’s going to play from the start and then we’ll see how long he can last. Can he play for 90 minutes? If he does not have to run, he can do 100 (jokes). We are not going to change the system, only details, as in every game.”

Rodrygo’s lack of goals

“Rodrygo hasn’t scored the goals that everyone expected, but his contribution has been good in terms of work. He is the only one who has played all the games.”

Losing against Girona last year…

“Last year our league was done when we got there (against Girona). It wasn’t a good night. What happened last season is not going to happen tomorrow.”

Simeone supported Gil Marín’s words and said that it is a way to generate stage fright

“What I said after the other day… He made a mistake in making this statement. I’m not going to continue with a topic that doesn’t make sense to me.”

“Will Modrić start? The lineup, as always, I’m not going to give it out. I can’t answer this question.”

How can Girona’s Savinho be stopped?

“He is a young player who is doing very well. We have seen him play, he has a lot of quality. How do we stop hun… We have resources, experience and quality to stop any player.”

The Negreira case…

“I’ve been in this world for 40 years and when things like this happen, we all worry. Hopefully justice will do its job and be able to come up with a solution.”

Conversation with Vini during the Las Palmas game…

“I told him to take care of himself because we didn’t want to risk him. He was playing to the fullest and I just told him to control himself.”

Injury to Alaba…

“It’s nothing serious, it’s a little blow. We will try to get him back by Tuesday.”

“At the defensive level, sometimes the problems we have had, that we have not been able to give aid to the defense of four. Some games we have suffered more than usual.”

Message to the full backs?

“In this first part of the season we have asked them to play more ahead of the usual, because with the strikers more inside, they must help in attack to give amplitude, especially when you do not have the best player in the world, which is Vinicius.”

Injuries and fatigue…

“What affects the teams most are the international competitions. We have injuries, tiredness… We don’t have time to recover. Looking at the calendar, I have players who arrive on October 19th in the afternoon and we play on the 21st. If there is a delay of the plane, they will go directly to Seville without going through Madrid.”

Can Girona win the league?

“We have to evaluate the moment and give credit to what the table says. Girona have done better than others in these first matches. Better than us, than Barcelona and Atlético. We have to respect this. They can fight because they have the advantage that they don’t play European competitions and they have the possibility of preparing the matches well every week and letting the players recover.”

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