On Gil Marín: “I have not read anything but I have heard something, I respect all opinions”


The Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has assured that his team “does not have a clear identity” because “they do not want to have it”, stating that they do have “football”, something that they will try to demonstrate this Sunday against Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabéu, in addition to pointing out that he respects the words of the CEO of Atlético de Madrid, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, criticizing the refereeing of the Copa del Rey derby.

“It was a competitive match, even, but we deserved to win. The rest are issues I’m not going to talk about. The only system I know is the system I’ll introduce tomorrow,” he declared at a press conference. “I have not read anything, I have heard something, and that’s it. I prefer not to talk about this topic. The only thing I can say is that my character makes me respect all opinions,” he added.

On the other hand, the white coach downplayed the criticism of his team’s lack of a specific style. “They also said it when we won the ‘Champions’ last year. We have football; sometimes we do it well and sometimes less. Real Madrid does not have a clear identity in its football for the simple reason that I don’t want to have it. I want to have a team that knows how to do many things. We have football,” he said.

In addition, he spoke about the state of Vinícius, the protagonist this week after a doll with his shirt hanging near Real Madrid City appeared. “He prepared the derby like every game, concentrated. I have seen him well, he has done a very hard job in the game; he has run a lot, he has made mistakes, he has failed, but the end has scored,” he said.

The Italian coach, who assured that Rodrygo is “ideal to play behind the striker”, affirmed that Dani Carvajal “did well” in the first part of the season. “Now he’s back from an injury he’s had. As always, we trust him, because he’s a very reliable full-back and has a lot of experience. He’s available for the next game, and Alaba and Tchouaméni will be against Valencia,” he said.

“Camavinga has the same attitude as everyone. I have a very good squad, there is nobody who gives up for not playing. At this moment, Camavinga has done very well, as well as Asensio and Ceballos. It is a moment in which we need the everyone’s help,” he continued.

About his rival this Sunday, he recalled that “he is playing very well and has very good dynamics, with a very clear identity.” “It will be a difficult game. We will have to improve in the first half. Regarding the game against Atlético, it will be important to play a complete game in the defensive and offensive aspect because Real Sociedad play very well,” he insisted.

To try to achieve victory, they will have the warmth of their fans at the Santiago Bernabéu. “It’s clear that the fans help us. I had very nice moments last year, they showed a lot of confidence. The fans help us in times of difficulty,” he said.

In another order of things, Ancelotti spoke about the role of the referees. “The work of the referee is a very complicated job. It seemed that with the VAR it could help, and in some things it has helped. For example, there is no longer talk of offsides. In subjective decisions it can create problems and controversy. If we compare With the 1970s and 1990s, corruption does not exist at the moment. Sometimes they fail, but in general in Europe, arbitration has improved a lot,” he stressed.

Lastly, he spoke about the rumors that place his son Davide, now a member of his coaching staff, at Everton. “Davide wants to be a coach and one day this will happen, but it’s not these days. He’s very good here. The day I stop training or when he decides, he can leave. He has to make his career and he has the capacity to do it. For now, we want to finish the job here, which still hasn’t finished”, he concluded.