Ancelotti: "The idea is to rotate more because I have a more complete squad"

Carlo Ancelotti, during the press conference. / Photo: Thomas Coex (Afp) | Video: Atlas

Matchday 1

The Real Madrid coach opens the door for some more outings to take place and expresses his concern about the impact that the World Cup may have on the season

Carlo Ancelotti approaches the start of the League with full confidence in a squad in which everything seems to be going smoothly. Three days after conquering the
European Super Cup With the same eleven with which he lifted the Fourteenth, the Real Madrid coach emphasized that this season there will be more opportunities for everyone due to the tight schedule, but also because he has an extraordinary wardrobe. «The reasons for the rotations are because we have a very strong squad, we have to motivate everyone and there is a World Cup that means we need a fairly long squad and in good condition. The idea is to rotate a little more than last year also because I have a more complete squad, "he said at the press conference prior to the duel that will measure his team against Almería, corresponding to the first day of the regularity tournament.

With 24 players occupied, Ancelotti would like to see some exit to reach what he considers an optimal number of players to work with. «Sometimes having more than 20 creates problems for you in training, because if you have to do tactical work ten against ten, someone is left out. We are now rotating during the week. All players understand this. At the moment we have no problem. The perfect thing would be 23, but we can fix this without a problem, ”explained the Italian, who did not get wet about the situation of Ceballos and Asensio, two players who face the last year of their contract without the club having offered them the renewal. “They are here and they are working well. Everyone can have an opinion about their future with the club. I am focused on the squad I have with Ceballos and Asensio. If something changes in your head, we adapt », he pointed out.

He had words of encouragement for Hazard, whom he has tried as a replacement for Benzema. «He is going to play more than last year. He can play in different positions, on the wing, on the left, on the right, we are testing him as a false 9... There he can also demonstrate his quality », analyzed the Reggiolo coach.

Golden Ball

He stressed that the sensations are "good" at the start of a new course. «We have all the illusion to start this season, to start it well. We are going to defend the title. All the games will be complicated and competitive », he predicted.

He expressed, yes, his concern about the impact that the World Cup could have on the future of the campaign. “Until the World Cup we are not going to have many problems with the players because they want to go to the World Cup in good condition. They are going to prepare well enjoying the games they are going to play until the World Cup. The big question we have is how the players return after the World Cup, to enter the important moment of the season. You have to assess fatigue, think about giving breaks... These are things that we have doubts today.

Finally, he showed his surprise at the absence of some of his footballers in the
nominations for the Ballon d'Or, despite the fact that Real Madrid dominates the nominations with six applicants. "I'm a bit surprised, because Kroos has had a fantastic season. Nominating all the Real Madrid players could be a problem, but it is a bit strange that players like Kroos, Valverde, Militao or Alaba are not there because they have had a fantastic season », he dissected.

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