Ancelotti: “Bellingham is outstanding”

“We are concerned with Militao, we are not ruling anything out”


The Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, described Jude Bellingham as “out of the ordinary” after the Englishman’s promising debut this Saturday in LaLiga EA Sports, with a goal included in the win (0-2) against Athletic Club in San Mamés, while acknowledging concern about Eder Militao’s injury.

“He is outstanding. He is a player who has a lot of personality, which is why he adapts quickly to the team’s system. It seems that he has been with us for a long time. He is a player of a very high level,” he said at a press conference about english.

On the other hand, Ancelotti lamented Militao’s injury in the second half and acknowledged that it does not look good, although they will have to wait for the tests. “Miliato, we are worried, we are not ruling anything out,” he said, highlighting the defensive level of his team. “When the team has a collective commitment, a good attitude, we are much more forceful. At the defensive level we have recovered many balls, the team was well placed,” he said.

“Lunin has done very well, very calm. Good up front and coming from behind. He hasn’t had much opportunity to show his quality because we have done very well behind, but he has shown confidence. Kepa is not a Real Madrid player and I’m not talking about players who are not from Real Madrid”, he added about the ownership of the Ukrainian, with Thibaut Courtois injured.

On the other hand, the Italian coach referred to the difference of playing with Rodrygo and Joselu up front, without demanding another goal from the Brazilian. “He has a different characteristic than Joselu, for example. Rodrygo is a player that we can tell him to play on the outside, not Joselu. They have combined well. If Joselu is there we have to adapt the game a little more on the outside. Rodrygo and Vinícius are adapting very well,” he said.

Ancelotti explained the substitution of Tony Kroos and Luka Modric for the quality he has in the midfield. “Modric and Kroos are part of a squad of high-quality midfield players. I can’t say that they are going to be a substitute. They will play important games, they are important players. Today I have chosen this line-up, maybe next week change,” he said.