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Ancelotti: “We will realize tomorrow what we have achieved not only tonight, but in these two seasons”

The coach of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelottiwas “happy” after win the madridistas their twentieth Copa del Reyafter beating Osasuna 2-1 in Seville, said that “winning a final is always complicated” and that now, starting Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Manchester City, they are going to “fight” to play the de’Champions‘.

In the press room of the La Cartuja Stadium, Ancelotti declared that the Cup has been played “in a very beautiful environment, against a very strong rival”and that in it they have spent “moments of suffering, but, in the end”, they have “deserved to win, not only for what they did today, because a final is always complicated”, but for “the path” traveled, “beating rivals very strong and deserving of the title”.

The Italian coach thanked his team, “this squad, this club and the fans”, because they have “achieved something important tonight, winning all the possible titles in two seasons”, but he specified that “now Madrid’s demand tells you that you have to prepare another game on Tuesday”, against City, and they will do it “with an atmosphere well, happy and excited”.

“I’m very happy, I’m also very tired”, asserted ‘Carletto’, especially with matches like this in which “everyone thinks you’re the favourite”, and added: “we will realize tomorrow what we have achieved not only tonight, but in these two seasons”, alluding to the fact that Real Madrid has managed to complete the circle of winning all possible titles in those two years.

About the start of the ‘Champions’ semifinal against City, indicated that he can only say the following to Real Madrid. “Go for Tuesday, that’s it”, and pointed out that they know that, as in this Cup final and other “many days at the Bernabéu”, the fans are going to “push” them, so they have the “small advantage in the first leg” that they will play “twelve (for the fans) against eleven”, he joked.

He added that does not know if they can win the top European competitionbut affirmed that “of course” that, being “very close to another final”, they are going to “compete and fight”, and that they will do “everything possible to try to play it”.

Ancelotti also highlighted that in the final against Osasuna his players played “the first 30 minutes very well, with good transitions and Vinícius unstoppable”, although then they had “a bit of nerves and they weren’t calm when they entered the dressing room”which has “calmed them down a bit because this team has to do only one thing: play football, which we do very well, and the other not”, such as “losing control and concentration”.

The Madrid coach admitted that they did not start the second half well and “they suffered”, to the point that Osasuna equalized, but “fortunately Rodrygo has changed the dynamics”and commented on the Brazilian, mustache-scoring player in the final, that it is not known “where his ceiling is, because he is a very elegant player, he moves well, he is successful in front of the goal and he is doing very well, he is progressing in a way spectacular”.


Final of the Copa del Rey | Real Madrid – Osasuna, in pictures

In addition, he stressed that in defense they did “better than in recent times”, since, with the entry of Rudiger for Tchouaméni in the 69th minute of the Cup final and together with Alaba and Militao, they closed “more lines” and were “well positioned”.

Rodrygo, MVP of the Cup final: “At 22 I have already won everything possible”

The striker of Real Madrid Rodrygo Goes celebrated the conquest of the Copa del Rey to complete a perfect record at just 22 years old, MVP and author of the double that gave the white team the title (2-1) against Osasuna, a “special” trophy for his team.

“We were talking about this this week, it had been a long time since Real Madrid had won this competition. I also needed this tournament to complete and today is a special day for mewith two goals there”, he said in statements to TVE, collected by Europa Press, from the lawn of La Cartuja.


The images of the celebration of Real Madrid after winning the Copa del Rey

The Brazilian was decisive in Seville together with his compatriot Vinicius and he was named ‘best player’ of the final. “I always said that this was a title that I really wanted to win because it was the only one I needed. And now at 22 years old I have already won everything possible. But hey, I want to continue winning much more, I want to win this Cup many more times” , he claimed.

“This has been the first and I have seen that the atmosphere was special. It was very special since we went out to warm up,” He finished, insisting on how involved all of Madrid was in winning the Copa del Rey again nine years later.

During his appearance at a press conference to receive the individual award, the striker from Rio de Janeiro pointed out that he is at his “best moment” because he is “always playing”. “If I have opportunities, I can be at my best, and That’s what’s happening. The coach gives me confidence and talks to me, it’s natural that now I score more goals and play better,” he explained.

“The key today was knowing how to suffer, they squeezed us a lot. We are used to suffering, it is never easy”, He analyzed the victory in the final against Osasuna, before assuring that to maintain hunger “you just have to follow the example” of the veterans.

In addition, he warned that they are already thinking “of resting”, because this Tuesday, against Manchester City in the Champions League semifinals, they have “the most important game of the season”. “It will be very difficult, as always, but we have to be focused, there are many dangerous players. But we are prepared, we hope to have a great day”, he wished, before affirming that he does not want to stay at number 10 yet, because he wants Luka Modric “to continue for at least one more season”.

Courtois: “A beautiful Cup for the road traveled”

the belgian Thibaut CourtoisReal Madrid goalkeeper, considered the Copa del Rey title, after winning 2-1 in the final against Osasuna, as beautiful “for the road traveled” having faced Atlético de Madrid in the quarterfinals and Barcelona in the semifinals.

“A beautiful Cup for the road traveled, quarterfinals against Atleti and semifinals against Barcelona,” he said in SER.

On the other hand, in Cope, he pondered the level shown by Osasuna: “He has played very well, he has fought, It hasn’t been an easy game”, he declared.

In addition, he set his mind on the semifinals of the Champions League against Manchester Citywhich start next Tuesday.

“We have to do everything possible to play a good game on Tuesday and that we can go to the final“, he commented.


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