This is the best team I have coached, says Carlo Ancelotti

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New Delhi: Real Madrid kicked off the 2022/23 season campaign on Thursday at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup.

Goals from David Alaba and Karim Benzema either side of half-time ensured that Madrid secured a fairly straightforward victory. The win means Real Madrid have now lifted the UEFA Super Cup five times as the club’s dream run under Carlo Ancelotti continued as Real now claim their fourth trophy in 2022.

– This is the best team I have coached. It is a pleasure to train these special players. This experience is the best I have ever had in my coaching career. These players help you grow, motivate you and make you want to achieve everything possible and all this thanks to the enthusiasm of the players,” Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said after the UEFA Super Cup win.

“We have a very healthy and cohesive work environment. There is a wonderful harmony between everyone here. “Obviously, good matches and wins help keep the dressing room dynamic together,” he added.

Looking ahead to the new season, Ancelotti insisted that the team was stronger heading into the new season and would compete for every title.

– Last year no one was sure to see such a team, we have improved a lot this season and I think we will achieve more success and fight for everything. We are united, I have a strong dressing room and they work as a group and support each other, so I love them all,” he said.

“We have more experience and tactical ability in the defensive position than last season. We have players like Alaba, Rudiger, Militao and others, they are the leaders of the defense. We are touring a lot this season, the World Cup is coming up soon and the schedule is very busy, so of course everyone is playing. It’s a complete and complex job and it’s not as easy as it seems to some, if I don’t have the trust of my loved ones and the players, I won’t do or achieve anything,” he added.

Ancelotti also praised star striker and club captain Karim Benzema, stating that the veteran superstar will win the Ballon d’Or this year.

“Ballon d’Or? No doubts. Benzema,” Ancelotti said.

– Benzema is the best player in the world, I’ve said it a lot and I think you know it too. He is now our captain, he has improved a lot on a tactical level, physically he is also better. Benzema is undoubtedly the best player of the year. For us, he is the most important and effective player, he added.

– It was important to win the Champions League because he didn’t score in the final but scored three goals against City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. He is definitely the best now and we don’t need to look at others.



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