Benzema, Haaland, Mendy, his future … Ancelotti takes stock before Granada!


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Two days after Real Madrid’s very good performance against Chelsea (3-1), Carlo Ancelotti was present at a press conference on the eve of hosting Granada (9 p.m.). The opportunity for him to discuss several subjects including Karim Benzema, Erling Haaland, Ferland Mendy or even his future. Words reported by the Real France account.

On recovery after Chelsea

“It’s still ongoing, we haven’t fully recovered, tomorrow we have a very important match for the championship”.

About Benzema

“It’s a very long career, he’s grown, he’s taken on personality, leadership, he’s always been good but now he stands out more because he’s more decisive. He’s more of a leader.”

On the difference in preparation between C1 and La Liga

“It’s true, leaving aside the physical aspect, the mental aspect is much more complicated. Against Chelsea, no need to insist on the psychological aspect, only tactics, for this match against Getafe, it we have to push them a little more to prepare them, to give Getafe the importance it deserves”.

About Mendy

“He was still tired, he did individual work. We will evaluate tomorrow for the match and if not for Tuesday”.

On a Benzema/van Basten comparison

“These are different periods, it’s complicated. But Van Basten, if we compare them… I think both appreciate this comparison, both Marco and Karim”.

On the current season

“So far this team has given what they can give, so far they have delivered. We reached the home stretch in a very, very good position. We made the cake, now we have to put the icing on it”.

On coaching Real Madrid

“I’m lucky to have a lot of balance and tranquility. I’ve been lucky in life and luckily I had the Covid at the right time, I isolated myself at home and I don’t I listened to no one and nothing (laughs). The coach only stands out when you lose. When we’re bad, it’s only the coach’s fault. I have to accept that, especially when we coach Madrid, it’s “It’s the most beautiful place in the world. You have to accept criticism, that’s normal, the problem is criticism in teams that are not as big as Real Madrid”.

On his future

“At the end of the season, the club will evaluate my work and make a decision. I enjoy this atmosphere and this work every day”.

On Bale’s possible farewell to the Bernabéu

“He’s ready to play, he wants to finish well at this club. Going to the Bernabeu would be deserved and right. He’s had problems, he hasn’t played lately but he’s entered the history of this club with its goals and its triumphs”.

On the impact of a possible arrival of Haaland (and Mbappé) on Benzema

“With Karim’s age and the fact that he is getting better and better… it doesn’t change anything for his teammates. Going forward, he will be one of the most important players at this club, without any doubt, regardless of his teammate”.

to summarize

Carlo Ancelotti was present at a press conference before tomorrow night’s match (9 p.m.) against Granada. And he returned to several hot issues including the physical condition of Ferland Mendy and the great form of Karim Benzema.

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