Spain Super Cup: Real Madrid won because ‘we had more energy’ – Ancelotti

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti spoke in the press room at the Al-Awwal Park Stadium and analysed his side’s 5-3 victory over Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday.

He said: “The team never gives up. It’s in Real Madrid ‘s DNA and it’s a good lesson for the youngsters. We could have lost today, but we never gave up. The team’s very happy and we have to stay calm because it was a match with plenty of emotion. We have 90 minutes left to win the trophy and that’s the objective.”

He, however, admitted that the game was too close call: “We have four days to recover from a tremendous effort considering that both teams had a six-hour journey on Monday. The game was end-to-end, very competitive and hard-fought, a great spectacle for football. We won because we had more energy at the end.”

On Atletico’s.display in the derby, he said: “We are both very strong teams in my opinion. Atletico played very well and they came out very strongly with the ball in the first half. Griezmann is playing at such a high level and when Atletico had the ball it was difficult to get it back from them. They’re very well organized and they’re always tough games.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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