Ancelotti: “We want to have a top performance”

“Our objective is to finish at the top of the group, the most important thing is the prestige of this club in this competition”, said the coach.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke in the press room at Real Madrid City on the eve of Real Madrid’s clash on matchday six of the Champions League group stage, which will see the team face to face with Celtic (18:45 CET). The Italian said the following: “It’s an important game. We know our goal is to finish at the top of the pack. We face a team that plays at high intensity, we are prepared and we want to have a top performance. We have all the conditions for that. We’re back at our stadium on a Champions League night. I think we are capable of producing our best.”

Tchouameni and Benzema
“Tchouameni will not be available tomorrow and Benzema will train now. If he feels good, he’ll be in the squad. So I’ll have to see if he starts the game or comes in later. We’ll see after practice.”

Respect for referees
“I would like to clarify this issue, because it is not very clear. What is clear is that I was denounced for what I said. In Italian, an invented pen means rigore inventato. This means that a penalty was awarded that should not have been. This does not imply a lack of faith or accusation by the referee. I have never disrespected a referee or anyone else. I try to respect everyone, but they can give me a four-game suspension. I was on the bench for 1200 games. Four of them won’t change the stats much.”

“For me it was not a penalty because of what they explained to us at the beginning of the season. When it’s not clear, it’s not a penalty. If they changed the rule, they have to say so. If not, it’s okay to say it’s a mistake, everyone makes mistakes.”

“Mistakes can happen against any club. What we want is clarification. We didn’t think it was a penalty. It’s a football issue, not a team issue, because it’s still unclear. They have to explain the rule because I understand it very well, I’m not stupid. What they explained to us says that it is not a penalty.”

Celt’s Expectation
“I don’t think they’re going to change their identity. They will play your game, with intensity, passion and quality. It will be an open game and we want to do our best. I have a lot of respect for this team and they could do better in the group. They came very close and played well in many games. They played well against us for 60 minutes.”

On the importance of finishing first
“It’s not that important because a lot of competitive teams that finish second make it to the round of 16. The most important thing is the prestige of Real Madrid, and we must not forget that. This is a special competition for this club and we have to give it the respect it deserves, not just for the three points. We have to produce that image that the club has always shown.”

About what they learned in the last games
“We learned a lot from the different mistakes we made. Generally speaking, we weren’t as focused as we should have been on these games. We found it difficult to get the ball back against Girona and defensively against Leipzig. These are aspects that we do not work on due to lack of time. We hope to be able to fix them in the next games.”

Four game ban
“I’m not losing sleep over this. I don’t know what will happen, I would like to reiterate that I didn’t disrespect anyone. I said something that everyone was thinking. If I am suspended, I will be patient.”

“VAR was a good invention and not in bad faith. Sometimes the VAR is in the spotlight more than the referee and I think it has to be in the spotlight. It has to be to resolve the obvious errors. I understand it’s a very fine line, but that’s how it is. It should only be consulted when the error is clear, but the penalty did not seem clear to me.”

Benzema and the World Cup
“I think Benzema didn’t play because he didn’t feel well because of some blows. He’s not a kid, he takes good care of himself, but sometimes he can’t be available. A player needs to be playing to go to the World Cup in the best physical condition.”

the only spanish team
“Nobody likes it when a great team is eliminated from the Champions League. This happened at the moment in Spanish football for a number of reasons, but you can’t say they lost their credit in Europe. We will have to wait a while to be able to say that Spanish football is not competitive in Europe, we will see in good time”.

Shakhtar’s opinion
“They did very well despite all the problems they had and are fighting to finish second in the group. They have an important game against Leipzig and it will be difficult, but anything can happen. They can also compete well in the Europa League.”

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