Ancelotti insists Real Madrid deserved Supercopa victory over Barcelona

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insists they deserved their Supercopa de Espana semifinal win against Barcelona.

Real Madrid needed extra time to book their place in the final on Wednesday evening, edging Barcelona 3-2 after extra time in an action-filled meeting in Saudi Arabia.

Ancelotti did not believe, as Barca coach Xavi said, that Barcelona were superior.

He said, “I don’t agree. It was an even match. The first half we conceded a goal due to bad luck. The second half was more even. Nobody dominated. We went down to use the counter. The three goals were spectacular. It’s more difficult for us to press forward and that’s why we used the counter-attack more.

“Everyone is tired, but I think we’ll have everyone back, including Álaba. We will recover well and happy. I was angry with Piqué for not throwing the ball when we threw it, but he told me that they never throw it. That’s all. I didn’t know that.”

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