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Ancelotti: “There is one captain of the Real Madrid ship, Florentino Pérez”

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was speaking after the epic UEFA Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, which ended in a 2-1 win thanks to two late goals from Joselu. About the victory, Ancelotti thought, “there is a captain here and his name is Florentino Pérez. The rest of us are sailors. He has been able to create this great generation of footballers and hopefully we can achieve another Champions League.”

Ancelotti on what just happened

“It happened again. A fantastic stadium, players you keep believing in. There is something magical about it. We played well. It was complicated. We had the match well under control and after that we had the strength not to lose our heads .We have to thank the fans and the club. And to the players, because they have had a season that no one expected either. Reaching the final is a success and after that, whatever happens the days to reach the final, we will have a great time. We are going to celebrate the competition.

Ancelotti on Joselu

“Yes, he is a perfect reflection of what this team is. From players who have contributed a lot.”

Ancelotti on why he was surprised

“Because we have had a lot of injuries. Everyone talks about Courtois, Militão, and we have never complained. The team has used these issues to demonstrate the value and character of this squad.”

Ancelotti on the controversial late goal for Bayern that was disallowed

“The last part is quite clear. It could be offside. And we stopped. He is a high-level referee. They complain and we complain about the goal against Nacho. Kimmich dives.”

Ancelotti about the VAR control of Joselu’s second goal

“I said from the bench that it was a legal goal. What I was thinking was trying to maintain the advantage because it was clear to me that it was a legal goal.”

Ancelotti on the atmosphere

“As always, the fans made the difference. It seems common in this beautiful stadium, we are very happy with it.”

Ancelotti on defining Real Madrid

“It’s a family. Very well managed by the President. It is a football club with a history and tradition that weighs heavily. Those who work here are lucky to wear this shirt.”

Ancelotti said this was his most difficult match

“No. After the goal we admitted that we were a bit slow, but the fresh legs brought what we needed with more energy to the match.”

Ancelotti on where it stands

“It was less complicated than the day against Manchester City. There we needed two goals and here a draw was enough. If you score the equalizer at the end, it is a letdown for the opponent. And you could try to score another one.

Ancelotti on explaining the comeback

“It’s hard to explain. It’s the magic of this team. In this competition and in this stadium with this crowd.”

Ancelotti on Vinicius proved himself as one of the best

“I don’t know. What he contributed in this semi-final can be contributed by very few. He will play the leading role in the final because what he did in the second leg is not something you see often.”

Ancelotti on the celebrations leading up to the league title celebration

“The atmosphere was extraordinary. What a day we have ahead of us! I have to prepare well.”