Italian mentor, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti commented on the victory over Athletic Bilbao in the first round of the 2023/24 La Liga championship.
The Royal Club managed to score the first 3 points at the start of the La Liga campaign after beating Athletic Bilbao with two free goals.
The results of the match “Real Madrid” against “Athletic Bilbao” in the Spanish League
Real Madrid managed to score the first goal against Athletic Bilbao thanks to Brazilian star Rodrigo after a perfect pass from Dani Carvajal in the 29th minute of the match.
And in the 37th minute, English star Jude Bellingham managed to score Real Madrid’s second goal behind David Alaba’s industry.
Ancelotti’s first comment since Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao
“The match was good, especially in the first half,” Ancelotti said at a press conference after Real Madrid’s match against Bilbao. We put a lot of effort into the game and then moved forward. In the second half, we slowed down, fought a little, but in general we performed very well.
And he continued: “How many goals is Rodrigo expected to score this season? I don’t know, we have a very young band and they need to continue. I think Rodrigo will have more continuity this season, mainly in the squad, and I hope he can score more goals.
He continued: “Bellingham is a unique player with special characteristics.
And he added: “Defense? One thing is clear: when the team is set up and plays together, we tend to be stronger defensively. In the first half we played a lot of goals, we were in a better position than in previous games.
And he added: “The line of attack? Rodrigo is an important player and he has different characteristics than Joselo, for example we can say that he is a player who plays outside the box, but Joselo is not like that and he plays like a “number 9 striker”.
He added about Bellingham: “He has a lot of personality and adapts very quickly to the command system, which makes me happy. You feel like he has been with us for a long time. He is a very high level player.
He continued on Kroos and Modric: “They are part of a team that has a lot of great midfielders. I can not say that they will be constantly replaced. They will play matches because they are very important players. Today I chose this lineup for the game, which may change over the next week.
About Lunin, he said: “Today, Lunin did not have many opportunities to show his qualities. But he showed himself well during the match.
Ancelotti spoke about the injury of Eder Militao
Ancelotti said of Militao’s injury: “He has a dislocated knee, things are not going well, we will check on him in the next few hours.
The Italian coach stressed: “I hope it’s not dangerous. But there is some concern.
And about the cross injury, the Real Madrid coach said: “I don’t know yet, but nothing is ruled out. The injury is not good, and tomorrow we will see each other at the doctors.