Ancelotti: “I wanted to give Rodrygo a rest, I’ve had a bit of luck”

The Madrid coach reveals that he will have Kepa as soon as he is recovered despite the fact that Lunin showed he was ready


Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, explained that “a very important moment of the season” arrives with “confidence” after the victory (0-3) against Cádiz this Sunday, while acknowledging that he had “a bit of luck” with the entry of Rodrygo into the eleven, scorer of two goals, when it was not in his plans.

“I wanted to give Rodrygo a rest, he had only come in for one day and after a very long trip. Brahim had an intestinal problem just before the game and I had to put Rodrygo on. It went well, I was a bit lucky in this sense “he said at a press conference in Nuevo Mirandilla.

The Italian coach explained the last minute change in the eleven, which went well because the Brazilian scored two good goals and assisted the third. “Rodrygo is back, it’s true, he made a difference. A good game made a difference, he played with a good attitude, with quality, managing the timing of the game well. After the game it seems simple but you have to get it on track and we did it well,” he claimed.

On the other hand, Ancelotti was asked about the change due to Luka Modric’s discomfort. “Modric has an overload in his hamstring, I think. He has played very well, in a position that is not his, defensively,” he explained, confessing that he plans to rest Antonio Rüdiger in the next games.

“Difficulty can be an opportunity, the players have understood it well. The casualties are very important players but we have handled it well before and also today,” he added, speaking about the injuries during the national team break, while celebrating the return of a Dani Ceballos who “has returned well” and noted that Jude Bellingham “feels fine” despite his shoulder problem.

“So far we have done very well. The team has always competed, always fought, we have won many games. It is an important moment of the season, until Christmas there are important games. Today’s game gives me a lot of confidence for the next games “he added.

On the other hand, Ancelotti revealed that he plans to have the Spanish goalkeeper Kepa as soon as he recovers from his injury, settling the goalkeeping debate. “The important thing is that Lunin has been ready when Kepa was injured. Kepa will return for the game against Granada, if he is well he will play,” he commented.