Ancelotti: ‘I would give myself top marks for the season’

NEW STORIES. 05/20/2022

“The atmosphere at Valdebebas has made the difference this season,” said the coach.

After his team’s draw against Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti spoke at a virtual press conference on the final game of the league campaign. “I would give myself top marks because it’s a season where we started well and finished stronger. We have been consistent. Sometimes we played very well and sometimes not so well, but the team always showed commitment. We must salute the individual performances of Courteous, Karim, Vinicius as well as the rest of the team. The collective work has been excellent as well as the players who have made fewer appearances”.

“The atmosphere was incredible and I thank the players for respecting my decisions. They never gave up even though they couldn’t play and I benched players who won four Champions League trophies. The atmosphere at Valdebebas made the difference this season.

Alaba will be fit for the final. We didn’t need to take any risks tonight. He will join the group on Monday and will be 100%. It’s true that it’s been a while since he last played, but in these kinds of games the physical aspect is not the only one that is vital, the ability and the experience playing also a role. David (Ancelotti) wasn’t here tonight as he left for a UEFA Pro course in Wales and he had to go for two days, but he will be back on Sunday.

“He hasn’t said goodbye yet because he is still our captain and will be for the final too. If he does say goodbye, it will be a goodbye from one of the greatest in world football and one of the best wingers on the planet.

“He’s an important player. He often made all the difference when he came off the bench. He also performed well when he started the games. It’s a decision I have to make officially in the next few days, but I already know what I’m going to do.

“I mentioned to isco before that he made his debut in my first game here in Madrid and scored with a header. It’s the end of a fantastic career at real Madrid. Yes, he could have done more, but he has been an important part of this team for the past few years. He participated in important matches and finals. It has always run well and proven its quality. I wish him the best.”

“He wasn’t on the bench tonight because he wasn’t in good shape. He wanted to say goodbye to the fans here at the stadium. He has one last chance because he will be fit for the final.

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