MADRID – Carlo Ancelotti admitted that the requirement of Real Madrid forces them to reach the final of the Champions League to be eligible to win it. The coach was ambitious before welcoming Inter Milan at the Santiago Bernabéu.
“My idea is to continue, to prepare the games and the strategy well. We will play tomorrow’s game at the Bernabéu, against a strong team that is playing well and we want to win it. Reaching the final of the Champions League is very difficult and the objective is to reach the final, because to win the Champions League you have to reach the final… ”, said the Madrid coach.
Ancelotti is still unable to count on Bale or Ceballos. In addition, Karin Benzema will also be out after being injured in the game against Real Sociedad last Saturday, the Frenchman would not arrive in time for the game against Inter. After the tests carried out on Monday morning, it seems that the forward will be able to play against Atlético de Madrid next Sunday.
Madrid is a prominent leader in La Liga and also occupies the first place of its group in the Champions League. A draw would be enough for the whites to go to the eighth as leaders. That is why the Italian coach was asked if they see themselves as favorites to fight for the title.
“I can’t say if we are favorites or not. I can tell you that we can compete with these teams for quality and experience. Then you have to wait and see. If you want to win you have to face all the clubs. It doesn’t change much if you have to play against a strong team in the quarterfinals or the eighths, I don’t know if we’re going to win but we will compete ”, confirmed Ancelotti.
Ancelotti also responded to statements from Raphäel Varane a few days ago. The Manchester United center-back complained that no one had congratulated him after the last Champions League title won by the whites, and that the phrase after winning was “go for the next one.”
“The history and tradition of this club, the one that has won the most titles, is based on this type of demand. It is also true that we celebrate La Décima and enjoy it, but we have to move on because that is what this fans and the history of the club are asking for, ”Carletto added.
Two of the best news for the Italian are, precisely, in the center of the rear. Both Militao and Alaba are performing at a high level and are making people forget the losses of Ramos and Varane himself.
“Militao is focused on his position. Tactically he is super, he is top. He is very strong in the head, in one against one. He has improved a lot with his partner, David Alaba, as well as with the rest of his teammates in defense ”, Ancelotti commented on the Brazilian. About Alaba, his head stood out when playing.
“Alaba is a smart player. It has adapted very well. He wanted to play here and he’s doing very well. As he is intelligent, he gets on very well with the rest ”.
Madrid has eight consecutive victories and Ancelotti wanted to take advantage of it to keep his feet on the ground and warn, before finishing, of the danger of Inter Milan.
“We are playing against a team that is playing football well. We play first place and in our stadium, which is important to see a game that is going to be interesting ”, concluded the Italian coach.