The Italian coach has not decided yet if Carvajal and Asensio will start.
MADRID, 11 One. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, confessed on Tuesday that he would “worry” that his squad thinks they are “favorites” to beat FC Barcelona, although he insisted that “nobody” thinks so, at the same time that he acknowledged that Barça Xavi Hernández is a team he “likes”.
“This game does not scare me any more, everyone scares me, I was nervous against Valencia too, it’s the same thing. I would be concerned that the players think we are favorites, but no one thinks we are,” Ancelotti said in the press conference prior to the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup against Barça.
The coach said that the team arrives “well” at the game, “with all the enthusiasm and good attitude” that the tournament demands. “Anything can happen when you play a game. We have to play it in the best way, it is a strong rival, with more problems than us, but it is only a game in which both have the same goal of reaching the final,” he analyzed .
The Italian predicted an “even” match. “The league classification does not count, it is a semifinal of the Super Cup. The game was also tied at the Camp Nou,” he said about the meeting on Wednesday.
“THE BARÇA DE XAVI IS A TEAM THAT I LIKE”
Regarding the starting team, Ancelotti admitted that he has “some doubts” on the right wing and winger. “We have to evaluate it, also on the right wing … There are fresh players like Rodrygo, who can enter for Asensio, these are the doubts I have. The previous game will be as always, with a little concern, but a lot of desire and hope, it will be an entertaining game. We like to play this type of game, “he said with confidence.
On the other hand, he revealed his taste for Xavi’s Barcelona. “It is a team that I like, they have a clear idea of the game they want to play, they are following the club’s identity line. They have had a good run since Xavi arrived, the team will improve with their ideas and attitude”, Indian.
“It is a team that, in addition to the veterans, the youth stand out, who are pushing from behind, Gavi, Nico … Players who can have a great future,” he said about the Barça’s strengths.
Finally, he highlighted the important role of David Alaba in the white defense. “I had no doubts that he would adapt very well, I know what kind of professional he is and the quality he has. The couple with Militao is going very well,” he celebrated.