Atletico Madrid were expected to cruise to victory against a struggling Cadiz side but were in for an unpleasant surprise at Ramon de Carranza. Sergio’s men put up a valiant show with a never-say-never attitude and blew away the Colchoneros to take all three points on the day.
After going 2-0 up in the 81st minute, Cadiz conceded two goals in a span of four minutes. Just as Joao Felix seemed to have saved his team a point, Ruben Sobrino struck with the final kick of the game late in stoppage time to snatch the win.
An unhappy Diego Simeone faced the press after his men’s defeat and spoke about the team’s performance and mental state amongst other topics. Here are the key takeaways from his press conference.
On how his team started the game: “We started rusty after the blow the other day [draw vs Leverkusen], then received another one [Cadiz’s first minute goal]. From then on we had a good first half, we had goal situations to convert, we were not successful in front of goal to have that forcefulness that we creates peace of mind.”
On the second half: “As the second half advanced, we moved away from the result because the 2-0 put a difficult distance in the game. Nevertheless, the changes were important.”
On the positive substitutions: “Barrios, in his debut, has done so with a lot of personality. Joao’s entry, who has played as we need him to play and Griezmann’s entry that gave the attack a little more calm were also key.”
On their missed win: “We got into the game 2-1, Joao’s great goal appeared and we are at a time when things are not coming our way because Joao’s header with the possibility of scoring the third and in the final play end up making us 3-2.”
On the team’s mentality: “Like in moments of joy, in moments when things go well we are strong, now that the most favorable situations are not on our side, we are strong in the same way.”
On Joao Felix’s performance: “Joao came in to do what he knows how to do, he did it very well, he scored a lucky goal but with the initiative to generate danger, he was the most dangerous of the forwards that were in the short time he entered.
“He scored a great goal, the second is a great goal. Hopefully he can keep that because in reality that is the player we all want.”
On what his men needed to improve: “We have to adjust a bit that desire we have to want to win and many times we end up rushing.”
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo