Carlo Ancelotti: “I Think Valverde And Kroos Will Be Back For The PSG Game”

Written by Patrick Echatah

On Friday afternoon, Carlo Ancelotti addressed to the media about the Real Sociedad encounter on Saturday night as well as the PSG second leg on Wednesday.


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The Italian wanted to focus on this weekend’s league game, but was asked multiple questions regarding the forthcoming Champions League second leg during the press conference.

“We’ve made the most of this week to strengthen the conditioning of the team and we’ll be ready for the rest of the season,” the coach maintained. Real Sociedad is the current target. Then we’ll devise a strategy for PSG. I’m not going to field a lineup with PSG in mind.”

When asked about the club’s physical condition, Ancelotti defended his rotation approach this season, pointing out that Real Madrid is currently injury-free. Fede Valverde is ill, and Toni Kroos has a slight injury, but that’s all there is to it.

“Kroos was rested lately in the match against Alavés, so his injury wasn’t due to a lack of rotation,” Ancelotti explained. It was a stroke of terrible luck. We don’t have many injuries right now, and having so few injuries this early in the season implies we’ve taken good care of the players’ physical condition. I haven’t done everything flawlessly, but I believe I have handled the team better than some claim. Then, Valverde and Kroos will be out for this weekend’s game, but Valverde won’t have any problem for the next [the PSG game] and I think Kroos neither. It was a small problem. I should have almost all my squad available for that game.”

Ancelotti on LaLiga being more competitive than during his first spell

It was put to Ancelotti that it’s easier to win LaLiga Santander now than when he was there between 2013 and 2015, but the Italian dismissed that notion and explained that the lower winning points totals of recent seasons actually show that the other Spanish clubs have improved. He stated: “You can view it in two ways. Maybe the big teams’ level has dropped off or maybe the other teams have improved. I think it’s the latter, that we have a more competitive league now. 

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Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola has talked in an interview with Tuttosport about his current days in Fiorentina but also about his decision to sign for Real Madrid years ago. Odriozola revealed that he had an offer to join Juventus when he left Real Sociedad, but explained why he chose Real Madrid instead.

“It’s true that Juventus wanted me, I had a great season with Real Sociedad and they tried to sign me. But Real Madrid are Real Madrid and you can’t say ‘no’ to them,” said Odriozola.

The defender will almost certainly make his return to the club next summer as Real Madrid have decided to have another pure right-back —and not Lucas Vazquez— as Carvajal’s replacement next season.


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