Ancelotti: “Last year I tried to invent something in the Clásico and they gave me a stick”


The coach of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, has assured that “he will not” try to “invent” anything this Sunday in the Clásico against FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu (4:15 p.m.), since last year he tried to do it and they gave him ” a stick” with 0-4, and considers that Xavi Hernández’s team has “resources” to have a good season despite its dramatic situation in the Champions League.

“I don’t want to invent, in football there are no inventors. It’s true that last year I tried to invent something and they gave me a stick. The Paris team is very clear about what they have to do on the pitch: attack and defend. They are games of high level, we played against a very high-level rival and we have to play a complete game. Only in this way can games and titles be won”, he declared at a press conference.

Regarding the Classic, the Italian coach recognized that it is a “special” match for everyone, in which “the emotional aspect and the pressure” count. “The players know the rival very well. Last year’s game is not going to affect it, it’s another year. of life or death, it’s special, but it’s coming soon. That’s why I think we’re going to enjoy it more,” he said.

In addition, he downplayed the new setback for the Catalans against Inter, which leaves him almost out of the ‘Champions’, and urged them to think only of LaLiga Santander. “I can’t know how Wednesday has affected them. We have to play our game and try to win it. It’s a team that has the resources to have a great season,” he said.

“We played differently from Inter. What Inter showed in the match is courage, they haven’t given up. It’s going to be a different and more even match,” he assured. “It is a team that has won all the LaLiga games and has only drawn one. It is a team that has done very well in the national competition and has only had some problems in the ‘Champions’. In LaLiga they have been spectacular”, continuous.

On the other hand, Ancelotti highlighted the strength of Xavi Hernández’s men at the beginning of the match, in contrast to the better second halves of his men. “These are characteristics of the two teams that must be taken into account. They start very strong in the first half and we do better in the second half. It will affect the game and we take it into account,” he explained.

“The history of Barça speaks clearly, they go with a style that the club and the fans like. It is a football idea that has given them success and that they continue to have. What I think: having a single style is not the most appropriate , because the players change. The important thing is to have a comfortable player with the style that plays”, added on the style of the culés.


In another order of things, he confirmed that the Belgian Thibaut Courtois will not be available yet. “Courtois is feeling pretty good. He has trained very little, but he is not comfortable, and for tomorrow he is ruled out. We will see if he is for Wednesday or next weekend”, he explained.

Who will be able to play will be Antonio Rüdiger, despite the injury to his face that occurred when he scored the equalizer in the ‘Champions’ duel. “Okay, he has to have the mask for the wound to reopen again,” he said. “He is very strong in duels, strong with his head in both areas. It is not a surprise that he scored at the end. He brings mentality and personality, he is a winner who never stops. He is a very pessimistic defender,” he joked.

He also spoke about the form of Karim Benzema and Rodrygo. “I have seen him much better this week, in better condition. I am convinced that tomorrow we are going to see the usual Karim,” he said of the Frenchman. “When I think of Rodrygo I think of an extraordinary and forceful player. Last year he did better coming out because he didn’t give him the minutes I give him now. He can play in all attacking positions,” he continued about the Brazilian.