Carlo Ancelotti hails Eder Militao as ‘the BEST centre back in the world’ ahead of Real Madrid’s El Clasico clash… but admits the Brazilian is ‘not perfect’, and jokes he is ‘NOT handsome’
- Eder Militao is ‘the best centre back in the world’, his Real Madrid boss claimed
- Carlo Ancelotti was speaking before the El Clasico against Barcelona on Sunday
- The Italian believes Militao is not ‘perfect’ because he sometimes loses his focus
Eder Militao is ‘the best centre back in the world’ according to his Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti – but believes the Brazilian can improve.
The Spanish giants moved into the quarter-finals of the Champions League this week after seeing off Liverpool, and next face further English opposition in Chelsea.
Now Real Madrid turn their attention to domestic matters, and it is a vital one, as they enter Sunday’s El Clasico nine points behind Barcelona in LaLiga.
In the pre-match press conference for the big game, Ancelotti reiterated his previous praise for Militao, hailing him as the best defender in the game.
As reported by Managing Madrid, Ancelotti said: ‘Militao is really quick, really good at one-on-one, really good with the ball and he can head the ball so well.’
Eder Militao has been hailed as ‘the best centre-back in the world’ by his Real Madrid manager
Carlo Ancelotti said that the Brazilian is ‘not perfect’ because he sometimes loses his focus
The experienced manager also highlighted how the defender could improve, and laughed as he lightly roasted the 25-year-old who was signed from Porto in 2019.
‘Maybe one defect is that he’s not always 100 percent focused. So, I can’t say that he’s perfect. Oh, and he’s also not so handsome,’ the Italian joked.
Militao joined Real Madrid four years ago, and is part of the squad that has won LaLiga twice in three years, as well as last year’s Champions League trophy.
Ancelotti also heaped praise on Vinicius Jr, believing that he is the best striker in the world, and said that he could move about during Sunday’s match against Barcelona to try and be more successful in the match.
Ronald Araujo has been able to prevent Vinicius from being a key presence in recent El Clasico’s, something that Real Madrid will be keen to avoid as they look to get within just six points of their LaLiga title rivals.
Ancelotti said that he did not think the removal of away goals changed things ahead of Chelsea
The 63-year-old also offered his opinions on facing up to his former club Chelsea in yet another Champions League contest.
Real Madrid eliminated the Blues at the same stage on their way to glory last year. However this time, they travel to Stamford Bridge for the second leg, in a reverse of the scenario in 2022.
Ancelotti said: ‘It’s true that having the second legs at home helped us last season. I don’t know if that’s a disadvantage this time. I think the Bernabéu will help us in the first leg. I don’t think away goals being removed changes too much.
‘We currently have a disadvantage in the Copa del Rey and in LaLiga, but we’re level with everyone who remains in the Champions League.’
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