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Real Madrid superstar reflects on ‘unlucky’ error vs Liverpool, urges team to keep fighting



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It was one-way traffic in the second half at Anfield as Real Madrid put three goals beyond Liverpool to register an emphatic 5-2 win over the Premier League side. The Merengues needed a bit of luck to get going but did not look back once they were on track.

Thibaut Courtois did not have the most memorable of outings on the night, gifting one goal away and making just two saves in the game.

He spoke to the media after the full-time whistle and gave his views on various facets of the game. Here are the snippets from his media interaction.

The Belgian shot-stopper began his interview by remembering Amancio Amaro, Real Madrid’s honorary president, who passed away earlier in the day.

“First of all, we’d like to dedicate the victory to Amancio, we’ve lost a legend,” the Belgian said.

Courtois made one of the biggest mistakes of his Real Madrid career in the first period when he gifted Liverpool a second goal with a loose pass. The goalkeeper explained the events that led to the unfortunate goal on the night.

“I was a little unlucky, but that’s okay. It was a bit of a difficult pass from Carvajal, I controlled it well and tried to pass it, but I saw Salah stand still. It bounced on my knee and well, it’s bad luck,” he said.

Courtois then spoke about how the men in white put pressure on the hosts with their opener and reflected on Alisson making a similar error in goal at the other end.

“We knew we could hurt them and Vini’s first goal gave us breathing space. The same thing happened to Alisson and we went in at half-time level. We had some counterattacks and we know that we could cause them problems and that’s how we won the game today.”

Real Madrid are perhaps the world’s best team in knockout ties as they always find a way to channel their strengths and pull off a comeback. The shot-stopper highlighted the confidence in his team and revealed that the players did not once feel overwhelmed.

“We always have the ability to react. Looking for something good in the midst of a bad situation, maybe that goal helped us to respond. My teammates also told me not to worry. Everyone knows we have plenty to play with and plenty of goals, and that’s how it worked out.”

Courtois has played at Anfield several times before in the Premier League during his time with Chelsea. However, he maintained that Tuesday night was a special experience, saying:

“It’s always a pleasure to play here, especially in the Champions League. It’s the first time I’ve played here in the Champions League, I’ve played here in the league but it’s different.”

Despite seeing their home team lose embarrassingly, the fans at Anfield applauded Karim Bezema and Luka Modric for their spectacular display on the night. Courtois made a special mention of the same.

“There was a good atmosphere today and they know how to appreciate what Modrić and Benzema are doing and that’s why they applaud them. That’s the nice thing, they know how to appreciate good football.”

While a three-goal lead sounds invincible, the world has seen bigger comebacks in the past. With an example, the Real Madrid man explained that his side needed to stay grounded.

“Madrid are always going to fight until the end. Liverpool are not the team of last year, they are more vulnerable at the back and we saw that today. But we haven’t qualified yet and anything can happen with the new rule, it happened last year with Chelsea.”

Finally, Courtois encouraged his team to keep fighting on all fronts and insisted that Real Madrid would always be favourites, irrespective of the competition or schedule.

“We’re not going to sit back, there are some very important games coming up and we have to carry on with the pace. There are still a lot of top teams in contention, but Madrid will always be one of the favourites.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

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Ancelotti could renew contract with Real Madrid if he wins the Champions League – report



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The continuity of Carlo Ancelotti hinges on several factors and journalist Mario Cortegana, while writing for The Athletic, has confirmed that if Real Madrid do not sack him at the end of the season, the Italian will continue to serve the team at least until his current contract, which runs until 2024.

Furthermore, the report also states that Ancelotti could even be handed a contract extension if he leads the team to the UEFA Champions League triumph once again.

It is more than evident that Ancelotti’s Real Madrid future is far from certain. Ever since the managerial role at the Brazilian national team opened up, the 63-year-old is being pursued by the South American team.

Cortegana writes that even though Ancelotti is quite happy at Real Madrid, there remains a possibility that he will, indeed, accept the Brazil role if he were to leave the Spanish capital city as he sees this job as an appealing end to his managerial career.

At Real Madrid, he knows that he will have to keep winning trophies and this season, the La Liga honour is more or less lost. But with the possibility of winning the UEFA Champions League still open, Cortegana has reported that if the Italian does, in fact, succeed at winning the European crown, he might end up renewing his deal with the team.

At the moment, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) is trying to keep a respectful distance, but there is absolutely no denying the fact that they have made him their absolute priority. 

“Ancelotti is not only the players’ favourite but it seems the fans’ too,” said CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues about Ancelotti.

“Everywhere I go in Brazil, in every stadium, he is the first name the supporters ask me about. They talk about him in a very affectionate way, in recognition of the exemplary work he has done in his career,” he added.

Ancelotti is aware that Brazil want him and Brazil know Ancelotti is ready to join, but everything hinges on what happens with Real Madrid this season.

If they end up winning the Champions League or even if Madrid decided to stick with him until his contract expires [2024], Brazil will be forced to look for alternatives. If not, one can expect the Italian to be the new head coach of the Seleçao.

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