MADRID – Carlo Ancelotti was officially unveiled as Real Madrid’s new manager for the next three seasons. The Italian spoke of Sergio Ramos, of Gareth Bale, of the team’s lack of a goal and of a return, his, which he himself admitted to be “special”.
“When they told me to come back I had no doubts. I face it with all the energy possible and with responsibility, since coaching Real Madrid is a beautiful responsibility. It is the best club in the world. It is normal to have more responsibility than in other places. I accept it and I am going to do it as I have done in the past. I have more confidence than in the first stage, “acknowledged the former Everton coach.
Ancelotti arrives at Real Madrid after a first stage that began in the 2013/14 season, when he won the Tenth Champions League for Real Madrid. The Italian was dismissed at the end of the following season to make way for Rafa Benítez.
The first thorny issue Ancelotti had to face was the renewal of Sergio Ramos. As ESPN has been reporting in the last year, the talks remain stalled, not finished, while Manchester City remains waiting in case the Andalusian does not renew.
“I have just arrived and I have to speak with the club. We are going to do it in the next few days. I did not imagine a Madrid without Ancelotti, but it has happened … Ramos is a very important player for Madrid. It has been in all the successes that the club has had. We will talk to the player. I know you are trying to renew it, but I don’t know the details. When I meet them, I will be able to say something else, but for now … ”.
The Italian also spoke about the lack of goal, which in the last two years has been one of the team’s deficits. Ancelotti demanded more from the current squad, remembering key names in attack.
“Benzema has to score 50 goals, not 30. Vinicius has to score goals. We need more goals from the others. These are the players I have, they have quality. I’m happy to coach Benzema again. He has improved a lot, he has more responsibility. It is not about signing, but about others scoring more goals, “said the new Madrid coach.
In relation to this issue, Ancelotti spoke of Gareth Bale, one of the men who has to return after his assignment at Tottenham Hotspur. The Italian hinted that, if he stays, he can contribute a lot in attack.
“He didn’t play too much, but he was very effective. He comes back and I know him very well. If he has the motivation to play, he can have a great season, I have no doubt ”.
Another important point of the appearance was that of Eden Hazard. The Belgian has gone unnoticed in his first two seasons and one of Ancelotti’s goals is to recover a player who is called to be a differential, despite his controversial season finale.
“He is a top player. He has had difficulties and has not reached his full potential. And he will do it because he wants to. He is motivated and it could be the perfect year to bring out his best potential ”, commented Ancelotti about the Belgian.
Before finishing, Ancelotti was asked about a possible return of Cristiano Ronaldo. Without giving much choice to it, “Carletto” showed his affection for the Portuguese star.
“No, he has not texted me. I have a lot of affection for Cristiano, but I don’t like to talk about players from other teams. It doesn’t seem right to me to talk about Cristiano when he has a contract with another team like Juventus. Yes, I can talk about how happy I am to see him score goals in Italy. A journalist asked me if he was at the end of his career and when he told me that he had scored 30 or 35 goals ”.
Finally, Ancelotti said, about Zidane’s work, that “he has won three European Cups in a moment. He has done a fantastic job to the end. Everything has been done very well. Everyone has Zizou to thank. The rest is soccer. One coach comes, another leaves … What remains is the challenge that remains here, it was an incredible challenge. I haven’t talked to him and I will. In recent times we have passed some messages, he is a friend ”, Ancelotti concluded.