J. L. CALDERÓN
arlo Ancelotti was satisfied with Real Madrid‘s performance during their 2-1 win at Elche on Saturday afternoon.
The Italian coach was particularly pleased with Vinicius’ magnificent display although he refused to take credit for the Brazilian’s recent surge in form.
“I didn’t do anything, I just put him in and put my trust in him which he obviously deserves because he’s playing really well and scoring goals,” he said after the match.
“As I have said many times, I’m not a magician, I try to do my best and place the utmost confidence in all the players. The fact that he wasn’t called up for Brazil comes down to the decision made by a friend of mine, who is the coach, so I have nothing to say.
“He’s playing with confidence right now and everything is coming off for him. He’s getting used to playing further inside because he’s got the pace to do it.
“It’s one thing to take players on out wide and another to do it in the centre of the box. He’s learning gradually and he’s doing a great job”.
On the overall assessment of the game, Ancelotti was proud of how his players managed most of it, apart from the end where Los Blancos conceded and set up a nervy finish.
“We controlled the game quite well, except for the final phase. It could not be a very physical game because we had played just recently.
“Everyone thought that the game was over and the game does not end until the referee whistles.”
Ancelotti put Marcelo in from the start at left back and recalled Lucas Vazquez on the opposite side, insisting that it was a decision based on fitness rather than tactics.
“Substituting the full-backs was a purely physical decision,” he said. “Both of them, especially Marcelo, in what was his first game back, did a brilliant job.
“He showed real quality and got forward well while showing their commitment defensively too. It was just a fitness thing.
“I wanted to bring on some fresh legs”.