Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti assured that he is preparing the classic against Barcelona with a mixture of emotions, including fear “which is a positive feeling” and considered that it is not a crucial game for the championship.
“My feeling (before the game) is worry, sometimes fear, because if you are not afraid you face the lion thinking it is a cat, so it is a positive feeling,” said Ancelotti at the press conference prior to the match. Sunday.
But he also faces the game, “with the necessary confidence because I have a strong team, with high-quality players, not only physical and technical, but above all mental,” said the Merengue coach.
Ancelotti considers this classic “a special match”, but does not believe that it will be crucial for the championship.
“They are not (three points) more decisive,” he said, insisting that “we have to fight many points, not only against Barcelona, if you want to win LaLiga.”
Ancelotti did not want to reveal how he will play, but said that “we are going to get (Eden) Hazard and (Dani) Carvajal back”, who come out of injury, admitting that it will be difficult for them to start on the field.
Hazard «is fine, he trained well yesterday with the team, everything went well, like Carvajal. Then, it is difficult to put a player who comes out of injury at the beginning, but he can be useful and leave the bench at any time, “he explained.
Asked if the young Ansu Fati and Vinicius can star in the classics of the future, the Italian coach bets on patience and focus on the teams.
“They are still young, they have yet to show what they can do in their careers,” Ancelotti said.
“What remains is a match between two teams that will always be between the two best teams in the world,” he said, assuring that “the players change, Cristiano is not there, Messi is not, but what does not change is that they are two teams that they will fight in all competitions, as always. (AFP)