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Ancelotti: “This victory means a lot to us”

  • The Madrid coach highlights the “quality and commitment” of his players, and Marcelino assures that “a draw would not have been surprising to nobody”

Carlo Ancelotti , Real Madrid coach, stressed today that the victory achieved in San Mamés against Athletic Club “means a lot” for his team and highlighted the “great game” of less common footballers like Nacho, Lucas Vázquez, Camavinga, Valverde or Hazard. “Without being used to playing, they played a game of great quality and commitment. It was almost as important as the three points, which is what counts. After the game I have congratulated them and told them how difficult it is for me to play. the bench players with this quality and this attitude “, highlighted the Italian. Of all of them, Ancelotti stressed the figure of a Hazard that he considers “has returned.” “He had doubts in the physical aspect, but he has done very well and in the second half he has fought and tried things. Yes, he has returned,” he said about the Belgian.

The Madrid coach, finally, thanked the “fantastic” ovation that the public of San Mamés gave Karim Benzema . “This is a stadium with a spectacular atmosphere. I like it a lot. Karim has deserved it,” he said.

Marcelino: “A draw would not have missed anyone”

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Athletic Club's coach, Marcelino García Toral, ended up “disappointed by the result” but “very satisfied” with the behavior of his players. “It's a shame that in six minutes we have conceded two goals. It has been very difficult for us, but after 0- 2 the team's response was fabulous . We missed the goal that I think we deserved. We didn't score a single point in these two games against Madrid in 21 days seems quite unfair to me, “he lamented.

Marcelino opted to “look at the positive side” and that is Athletic ” every time it is a better team “. “As a coach it annoys me a lot to lose. I am disappointed because in the sum of the two games we could have had more success and luck. They have been more effective in both games, but I am very satisfied with the response and the team's game against one great rival, “he said.

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