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Ancelotti: “The team is in good shape and we have a very competitive squad”

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NEWS | 01/12/2014

“Medrán is going to play against Cornellá and Jesé will feature in the second half”, added the manager.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke in the Ciudad Real Madrid press room on the eve of the Copa del Rey Round of 32 second leg clash against Cornellá. The Italian coach, who revealed that “Medrán, Khedira and Illarra will start the game”, analysed Tuesday's match in the Santiago Bernabéu: “Real Madrid supporters are not interested in which players play but in how the team does. We have a very competitive squad and tomorrow we will try to demonstrate that and win in front of our fans”

“We are going to make changes. Not because the team is tired; they look fine to me and don't have any problems. We played well in Malaga both physically and technically. The players who have featured less need to get a run out. Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Kroos will be rested. Medrán, Khedira, who is in good shape, and Illarra will start the game.”

Jesé and his debut
“Jesé will not be in the starting XI, but he is part of the squad and will play the second half or at least a good part of it. It is great for us and is a welcome bit of news. He is a quality player and we are delighted that he can play.”

Praise for youth academy player Medrán
“He is a complete midfielder, who can play in every position. He is a quality player with a lot of stamina... he's a player who likes to play box to box. He is more similar to Modric than to Kroos.”

THE TEAM HAVE IMPROVED DEFENSIVELY AND IN TERMS OF THEIR CONCENTRATION.

“Everyone is working very well in defence. Pepe and Ramos play there most often but Varane has done well whenever he's played. Marcelo is in fantastic form, as are Arbeloa and Carvajal. After the defeats, the team improved massively in defence and in terms of their concentration levels.”

Ronaldo's rivals for the Ballon d'Or
“He could be up against a German player. Apart from Kroos and Khedira, Neuer has also had a fantastic season, but I'm not interested in that. Everyone has forgotten about Sergio Ramos, who scored against Bayern in the semi-final second leg as well as in the final. I apologise to Ramos for having forgotten about him as well.”

Violence in football
“It happened in the past in Italy. It is a sad day for everyone involved with football. We all hope that these kinds of things never happen, but unfortunately it has on this occasion. It is important to condemn this and violence in football. Footballers and people involved with the game have to work in order to prevent this kind of thing happening again in the future. They have done a lot of good work in England to rid the game of this scourge. With tough rules they have stamped it out. Football as a whole has to do something to stamp out this plague.”

“Real Madrid has worked hard to do this. Every club can do something and there is a lot of great work being done at the moment in many countries to prevent these things from happening. In England there is no violence nor is there a police presence before games. The supporters don't fight each other and there are children in the stadiums. I was never insulted in England but was within 15 days of being here. It is a question of education and culture. We are Latino and could improve a lot with this things.”

Insults in stadiums
“We hear harsh words from time to time, but the best thing to do is not listen. There are a lot of fans who are going to say bad things and reacting to them means giving them more importance. We have to condemn every kind of violence. Insults, bottles being thrown... violence as a whole.”

“Between us we have to do something to stop it. We are not happy today because this is our world and our world needs to be cleaned up. We have to do something in order to clean it up and every individual should do something to that end.”

Marco Asensio
“He is a good player. We are interested in him and are trying to sign him for next summer, not in January.”

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