Real Madrid was late until the 86th minute, but scored twice in 3 minutes to beat its host Valencia And jumps alone to the top of the Spanish League.
“I have a team that fights all the time, whether they play well or badly,” Ancelotti said after the match. “It’s a team that believes until the end, it’s the emotion I had today.”
He added: “We did not play well, we rebounded well, but we did not defend well and did not play sharply. We were always falling back and this could cause you to shake your net. Valencia physically excelled in the first half, and I made a recovery for the team with the changes in the second half and we scored.”
He continued: “The substitutions were decisive, they appeared in a distinctive way, they entered with a lot of enthusiasm and desire, and this changed the match.”
He explained, “Making changes is a very complicated issue because many ideas have changed with it. The substitutes did a great job after they entered and changed the shape of the match. Having 5 changes is a big advantage because I have a lot of quality on the bench.”
He pointed out: “We were waiting for a strong Valencia, it is a complicated match, especially after the fatigue of the Champions League match, we were not in the best physical condition.”
He stressed: “Vinicius and Benzema are Real Madrid strikers, we are lucky to have them, they scored exceptionally, and Hazard also played well and tried to find solutions and was active.”
And about Danny Carvajal’s injury and his replacement in the first half: “Carvajal suffered from a discomfort in the calf muscle, we will see what his condition will be in the coming days.”
He stressed: “We did not win thanks to our quality, but to the spirit, we kept our calm. I have a very young team, I can’t say that we are playing amazing football, we have to improve defensively and be sharper, but I think things will improve with that spirit.” .
Ancelotti was asked if the current Real Madrid is the best young team he has coached in his career, and the Italian replied: “It is a very difficult question, I have coached many wonderful young men, but I think it is important for young people to understand that their quality is not enough in football, they have to Be committed, personal and motivated.”
He concluded: “I never thought that our team was unable to score, this team has players of high quality, and the coach’s job is to use this quality for the benefit of the team.”
Valencia advanced in the second half with a Hugo Doro goal, but Real Madrid scored two late goals through Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema to snatch a valuable victory.
Real Madrid raised its score to 13 points and regained the top of the Spanish League, but this time alone, while Valencia’s balance froze at 10 points in third place after receiving its first defeat.
Real Madrid has maintained its unbeaten record in the Spanish League since its fall against Levante on January 30th.
Real Madrid also did not know the loss away from its stadium in the Spanish League since its four-way fall against Valencia itself at Mestalla last November..
The match witnessed the entry of Real Madrid in the lead and Valencia in the summer – before the start of the round – for the first time since the 1971/1972 season..
The match was the 100th between the two teams in the history of their confrontations at Mestalla.
Valencia fell at home in the Spanish league, despite reaching the 85th minute, advancing for the first time in its history in the competition.
While Real Madrid reached the 85th minute losing and ended the match winning for the fifth time in its history in the Spanish League, and the first since its 3-2 victory over Levante in September 2013, and at that time Carlo Ancelotti was also the coach..