NEWS | 14/04/2014“I'd tell the fans to go into the game with excitement, with the same desire that the team has, that we are all going to give our all to win this title", said Real Madrid's manager.
Carlo Ancelotti is now counting down the hours until his first Spanish cup final. The Real Madrid manager analysed the game against Barcelona at the Mestalla for the Bwin website: This game is important for a lot of reasons. Firstly, it is the first title of the season that we can win. Secondly, because we will take on a great side like Barcelona. All of this gives the game a lot of importance. The possibility of winning the first trophy of the season is motivation for us".
"On a mental level, I think it will be very important. I think after this game, the side that wins will have more motivation, illusion and desire to play their best until the end of the season. I think from a mental point of view, it will be very important."
The last time the two sides met at the Mestalla
"I don’t think that there will be a psychological advantage for what happened in the past. The present is a complicated game for both Barcelona and Real Madrid. We have to play well, with excitement, motivation and with a lot of concentration to try and win it".
"In January we played very well; in the cup we didn’t concede a goal, we played well…I think, above all, that we deserve to be in the final and I’d tell the fans to go into the game with excitement, with the same desire that the team has, that we are all going to give our all to win this title"
The differences between the Italian Cup and the Spanish Cup
"The Italian cup isn’t that important in Italy. It’s not a very, very important competition. Here it is very, very important, just like the cup in England, where all clubs fight hard to win it. In Italy the Coppa Italia isn’t that important for clubs".
The glory of Real Madrid
“Madrid has an image all over the world that nobody else does. It’s a world famous side with a lot of history and tradition, and that’s what separates it from other clubs”.
The styles of play in the countries he has coached in
“In Italy tactics are very important, in England there is a rapid and intense rhythm, in France a lot of intensity and physical force, and in Spain it is about taking care of the ball. There are two players who play in my area and could be likened to me: Alonso and Illarramendi”.