Here is what the boss had to say after Real Madrid complete ‘Remontada’ against Valencia.
Ancelotti: “This Real Madrid fights and believes until the end. We have not played well, we lacked aggressiveness to defend. But then the reaction was good with the freshness of the changes. We are lucky to have Benzema and Vinicius.
“Benzema and Vini are doing well. At the front they have done well, combining well with Hazard. We suffered when the ball was released, there was a lot of pressure, we were not fresh. In the end, we had total control of the game.”
“Camavinga, Isco, Jovic, and Rodrygo have changed the dynamics of the game. Our game became more dynamic. This is the key, we can make 5 changes and we have a bench full of quality.”
“Hazard has played well, combined well, felt well. In the offensive aspect, he did well.”
“We have won by quality and by spirit, indomitable spirit until the end. It was difficult, we had the ability to keep our heads fresh. It is a young team. We are not playing spectacularly, we have to improve a lot. We must be more aggressive without the ball.”
“We have many young players with great talent. The important thing is that they understand that their technical quality is not enough in today’s football. They must show commitment and personality. The quality is of an absolutely high level.”
What Vinicius had to say after his impressive line of performances:
Vinicius: “I’m very happy. It’s clear that Madrid never gives up, we played well after conceding the goal. We were all fine and we knew we were going to fight back, we have to continue like this.”
“We didn’t say anything to each other, we kept making the plays that we have trained. We leave happy, playing here is difficult. We conceded a goal and we did not stop. We kept trying, we failed, and we didn’t stop. That is Madrid. We did it.”
“The key is the work and how we are training, we are well, physically at full capacity. We train to play games like this.”
Benzema’s thoughts after scoring the winning goal against Valencia:
Benzema: “I think it was an important game, a final, against a Valencia that is strong at home. Until the end all the players were involved in the game. We won and the three points are decisive.”
“We always need those who come off the bench to make a difference, to come in well. As in Milan, today the bench made the difference.”
“I’m fine and hopefully I can continue like this. The most important thing is that the goals are important for my club. It is too early to say that we give a blow to La Liga, but we continue as we are. Each game is a final and today we won.”