The Los Blancos are starting their Champions League campaign against Celtic on Tuesday; the head coach opted to leave Toni Kroos out of the starting XI.
The head coach is praising the mentality of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric
Carlo Ancelotti is pleased with Real Madrid’s victory over Real Betis, especially since he could rotate his midfield and still come out on top. With Los Blancos starting their Champions League campaign against Celtic on Tuesday, the Italian opted to leave Toni Kroos out of the starting XI. Real Madrid were able to bring home three points nonetheless, with Ancelotti praising the mentality of both the German and Luka Modric in accepting his decisions. “After a game, you have an idea, but then you see the training sessions, and it changes a bit,” said Ancelotti. “It’s very complicated, almost impossible because you leave out players who could play for any team in the world. It was Kroos and Federico Valverde today, but they understand that the squad is in good shape now.”
The Italian is expecting a tough match against Celtic
“Valverde has played 20 minutes, but he has been decisive with his assists. The important thing is not how much they play but the quality of the minutes. It isn’t difficult for me to convince players like Kroos and Modric because they are intelligent and humble. They know they are important even if they don’t play. Managing them is the easiest thing I’ve ever had in my career.” Rodrygo’s goal proved the difference in the 2-1 victory, and Ancelotti praised the 21-year-old for his continued development. “He is a special striker for me because he can play in all the positions,” said Ancelotti. “He is quick, clever without the ball, effective in one-on-one situations. His apprenticeship is over, and he is now a Real Madrid player to all intents and purposes.”
As for Tuesday’s match against Celtic, Ancelotti is expecting a tough encounter in what will be a lively Celtic Park. “We don’t have to focus on the individual, but on the team,” he said. “They play very intense, they’ve had a great start to the season, and there will be a great atmosphere in their stadium. We are delighted to go and play there. It will be difficult for both teams.”