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Ancelotti: “The important thing is that everyone's ready for the final”

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NEWS | 17/05/2014 | Javier García

“Cristiano wasn't comfortable in the warm-up and we decided not to take any risks”, the Italian added.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after the victory against Espanyol with which the team brought to an end its Liga campaign. The manager talked about the state of his squad: “I'd like the whole team to be able to train normally. Some need individual work. The important thing is that all the players are ready to play. Only Alonso and Jesé are unavailable”.

“I think the others will be ready for the final. The match today was as I expected, without much intensity. Our opposition didn't need points and it was a normal end-of-season encounter to avoid problems”.

Time to recover
“Cristiano wasn't comfortable before the game. Yesterday he trained well and was confident. We didn't risk him; he has had a test and it looks like a minor spasm. We're relaxed because he has time to recover and play in the final. He hasn't played in the last few matches. It wasn't a risk because he trained normally yesterday and was full of confidence”.


 “When the medical test doesn't show anything, the player's own judgment is very important. He was comfortable and happy yesterday. He wanted to play. He wasn't right in the warm up and we decided to not use him in this match to avoid risking anything. The problem is that when you have a final coming up you can't take risks. If it had been our last match of the season, he would have played. With such an important final coming up we didn't need to take any risks. Cristiano is very sincere”.

Players with fitness issues
“Benzema suffered a minor abductor contracture when he passed the ball to Bale. I don't think he will have any problems to play the final. Di María played without any problems and it was the same for Carvajal. Khedira needed minutes to regain his match fitness. Illarra was excellent. Now we will start thinking about the next game”.

Illarra and Khedira
“Illarra has a chance of starting the match. I have a week to think about the best possible line up. Illarra played at a good tempo, with intensity and was positionally very good. I am happy with how he performed. We have to think about Khedira who is coming back from a very serious injury, and who hasn't been able to play for quite a while. He was good today, but as it stands at the moment Illarra has more of a chance of starting”.

The left back position
“Marcelo has done really well since his injury, and showed today that he is in great physical shape. There is a lot of competition in that position but I still haven't decided if it will be Marcelo or Coentrão who plays”.

Pepe's recovery
“He has gotten better, I think he'll start training with the group tomorrow. He underwent treatment and has started to run in the gym. We are confident that he will be able to play”.