The preview of the third day of the Champions League seemed like the prelude to the classic. There are 10 days and three commitments left for the appointment at the Bernabeu, but the talk has already begun. And they have started it from the bench Xavi Hernandez and Carlo Ancelotti. The Barca coach started this Monday and the Italian gladly replied hours later. Merits, luck and, of course, style.
“The Champions League is more complicated because you have to be ideal at the right time and any detail sends you out. Perhaps it is more unfair”, pointed out Xavi in the run-up to facing Inter at the San Siro. I think it was Leo. [Messi] who said that the best does not always win. I totally agree. Many times you arrive at the best moment and a detail, a penalty or an expulsion send you out. The League, with 38 games, is fairer”, he argued.
The lure was set and Carletto did not hesitate to enter the flour. He is not usually sparing in words, but on this occasion he wanted to expand. He flashed a small smile when the subject was brought up in the pre-match press conference against Shakhtar, raised his left eyebrow and let go. “The Champions League is the most important competition in football and winning it means a lot. Small details are very important”, he introduced.
“But what are the little details? First, it’s not luck or bad luck. Sometimes talking about it can hide the problems you have or the merit of the rival. If I, after the Osasuna game (1-1), say that we were unlucky because we missed the penalty, I hide our defensive problems in recovering the ball and the rival’s merit. So, the little details, yes. And they can be controlled with a collective commitment, with a good attitude, personality and a very strong group mentality. Because in the Champions League they can score three goals in six minutes, as happened to me in a final [con el Milan y ante el Liverpool en 2005]and it can happen that you score two in a minute in a semifinal [como le ocurrio tambien a el la temporada pasada contra el City], calmly developed Ancelotti, who, after a pause, continued with his claim: “I think that Real Madrid, in its history, has been the one who has taken the most care of those details. The small details have determined everything and have surprised a lot; also to us for what we have been able to do”, he confessed in reference to last season’s title with a sequence of three comebacks at home (PSG, Chelsea and City), each one more unpredictable.
Modric returns, Ceballos falls
Given the direct answer, the white coach did not want to miss the opportunity to touch on one of his favorite topics almost every time he comes across Barcelona: style. “In addition, you have to evaluate who is the best. Playing good football is many things. It’s not just playing the ball well; it is also to defend. You can’t be successful if you do just one thing well. Above all, in the Champions League”, Ancelotti pointed out before settling the issue. “It is easier to say that the Champions League is won by the best. It is no coincidence that this club has been extraordinarily successful in this competition.”
In less rhetorical and more practical matters, the Reggiolo coach announced that Modric and Lucas Vazquez are available against Shakhtar (he has doubts, he said, whether the Croatian will start); and he reported that Ceballos had dropped from the list due to discomfort in his hamstrings; and the favorable evolution of Courtois’s sciatica, although he did not specify when he could return.
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