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Real Madrid: This is the best team I’ve coached, says Carlo Ancelotti

New Delhi: Real Madrid began the 2022/23 campaign with a bang as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to win the UEFA Super Cup at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on Thursday.

Goals from David Alaba and Karim Benzema on either side of half-time ensured that Madrid cruised to a fairly straightforward win. The victory means Real Madrid have now lifted the UEFA Super Cup on five occasions as the club’s dream run under Carlo Ancelotti continued with Real now winning their fourth trophy in 2022.

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“This is the best team I’ve coached. It is a pleasure to train these special players. This experience is the best I’ve ever had in my coaching career. These players help you grow and motivate and make you feel the desire to achieve everything possible and all this thanks to the enthusiasm of the players,” Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said after the UEFA Super Cup victory.

“We have a very healthy and interconnected work environment. There is a wonderful harmony between everyone here. Obviously, good matches and victories help keep the dressing room dynamic together,” he added.

Looking forward to the new season Ancelotti insisted that the team was stronger heading into the new season and would compete for every title.

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“Last year, no one was sure to see a team like this, we have improved a lot this season and I think we will achieve more success and fight for everything. We are united, I have a strong dressing room and they work as one group and support each other, so I love them all,” he said.

“We have more experience and tactical ability in defensive positioning than last season. We have players like Alaba, Rudiger, Militao and others, they are leaders in defence. We will rotate a lot during this season, there is a World Cup coming soon and it will be a very busy schedule so of course everyone will play. It’s a complete and complicated job and it’s not as easy as it seems to some, if I don’t have the trust of the people close to me and the players, I won’t do or achieve anything,” he added.

Ancelotti was also full of praise for star striker and club captain Karim Benzema stating that the veteran superstar will win the Ballon d’Or this year.

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“Ballon d’Or? No doubts. Benzema,” Ancelotti said.

“Benzema is the best player in the world, I’ve said that a lot and I think you know that too. He is our captain now, he has improved a lot on a tactical level, physically he is also better. Benzema is the best player of the year, without a doubt. For us, he is the most important and most effective player,” he added.

“It was important to win the Champions League, as he did not score in the final but scored three goals against City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. He is definitely the best now and we don’t need to look at the others.”

 

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