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Ancelotti: "Ronaldo's injury doesn't look serious"

The Italian coach shared his thoughts on tonight's game. He talked about Iker Casillas, the ref, and most importantly, about Cristiano Ronaldo's condition.

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It wasn't a good result for Real Madrid on their return to the Santiago Bernabéu, but the Spanish Supercup is still far from over. Ancelotti sure seems to think that way:

"Atlético do have an advantage for the second leg since now we have to score at the Vicente Calderón. If we play like we did tonight we will win the Supercup."

He had more words about the game:

"The team played well. We didn't have a huge amount of pace in the first half but we improved in the second half. We controlled the game pressing up front. Our midfielders were really good."

On Cristiano Ronaldo's injury, which made him leave the game at halftime:

"He felt something and was uncomfortable. We'll evaluate it tomorrow. Apparently, it wasn't serious."

Diego Simeone said on his post-match press conference that Ángel Di María was Real Madrid's best player. Ancelotti had an answer for that:

"Di María is a Real Madrid player and I use him the way I like and as I think he should be used. He's one of Real Madrid's biggest players. Maybe Simeone forgot about a certain Ballon D'Or, or Bale. Di María is one of the great players I am lucky enough to manage."

On James Rodríguez's debut:

"He did well. In the second half the team played with more intensity and he tried to find options on the sides. He scored his first goal and that will give him confidence."

The goal conceded was a bad one, and for many people, myself included, Iker Casillas could and should've done a lot more. Carlo Ancelotti disagrees:

"We made a mistake on a dead-ball situation. We did not cover the front post well and Iker had no chance to do anything in that situation because he had a player in front of him."

Now that we're talking about the GKs, does Carlo know who will start for Real Madrid next season:

"I have decided who will be our starting GK but I won't say who it is just yet."

Right before the game ended, there was an almost insulting handball by Mario Suárez inside Atlético's box after a shot by Carvajal. Ancelotti preferred to stay away from it:

"It was a clear handball but we shouldn't be talking about this. It was a difficult game for the referee."

Atlético were, like they always are, really aggressive and rough. One might even say they were dirty (they were). Was this a surprise for the Italian coach?:

"It's not surprising. They always play like that. It's nothing new."

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