MADRID – Carlo Ancelotti compared Karim Benzema to wine because of his maturity and improvement over the years, as well as admitting that the Frenchman should be among the candidates to win the Ballon d’Or.
“I think that, because of what he’s doing, he has to be on the list for the players who can win the Ballon d’Or. That said, Karim (Benzema) has time to win it. Benzema is like wine, the older the better … ”, commented Ancelotti with a laugh.
And it is that Real Madrid is leader after the first six days of LaLiga and Benzema has become, another year, in his reference in attack with the eight goals he has scored.
The Frenchman will continue as a starter in the match that Real Madrid will play on Saturday against Villarreal (21:00 CET). For the match against the yellow submarine, the Italian recovers Toni Kroos, who did work with the rest of the group. However, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo, Ferland Mendy, Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale trained inside the facilities and it will be difficult for them to return to the squad.
Carletto stressed that recovering troops will be important to improve defense, which, in his words, is the weakest line so far.
“It is an aspect that we have to improve. We have to work on the defensive aspect together. Against Mallorca we did well, with more aggressiveness. And you have to continue like this, being more aggressive when you don’t have the ball, ”Ancelotti said about the problems behind.
Curiously, the white coach revealed that he does not have time to deal with these problems in training because of the calendar and that he does so through video sessions.
“You can’t have intensity in training when you play every three days. We do it through videos, where the players see what things can be improved. You can do a great job with videos ”.
Another player who will be on the list is Eden Hazard. On the Belgian, Ancelotti declared that he is fine, always maintaining caution.
“The important thing about Hazard is that he is training well and that he has no problems. It is not that I can guarantee that I will play every game because I cannot do it with any player. The important thing is that he is well and it seems that he is well ”, said the white coach.
Madrid continues to lead the table with 16 points. At 2 is Atlético de Madrid and at 7 is FC Barcelona in seventh position. On the crisis of the culés, Ancelotti threw of education and elegance.
“I’m not happy if a team has a bad time. I watch the games and evaluate them, but I look at my team. I’m not happy if things don’t go well for a team, be it Barça or another team, ”concluded the Italian.