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Ancelotti: “We want to cap off an unforgettable year by winning this competition”

NEWS | 15/12/2014 | Alberto Navarro (Rabat)

“It is a great competition and we are motivated to win the title”, added the coach.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke in the press room in the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium on the eve of the Cruz Azul game. The manager looked ahead to the Club World Cup: “The year is not over. We still have this competition, which is important. We are heading into it with a lot of excitement because we have done great work to get here. All the teams are champions and winning would mean putting an end to an unforgettable year.”

“The champions of the world are here, and all the teams deserve to be playing this competition. It is a great contest and we are excited about it. The problem is getting here. A lot of the teams will be watching the tournament on tv.”

Cruz Azul
“They are a quality side with experienced players who have played in Spain and are already familiar with our style. It is a semi-final and every team is dangerous at this level. It will be an intense match.”

“They play good football, playing to the strengths of their players. We are delighted to be able to play here and that is a great motivating factor which will spur us on to keep the fans happy in Morocco.”

Consequences should they lose
“I haven't thought about that. We aren't thinking about losing, only about playing at our best in order to win the competition. The team is doing well because we have been able to cope with the absences of players like Modric and James. I don't think either Khedira or James will be ready by tomorrow, but will definitely be good to go for the next match.”

“We want to continue working in order to win more titles for our fans”.

“Fitness is very good and we head into this strong both mentally and physically. I am happy to be training this club and these players. Together we picked up a fantastic title, but we want to keep working in order to win more.”

Change of venue
“It's a good thing because it is a semi-final of a global competition and it has to be played on good grass. I think it will be a good pitch for a good game. We didn't ask for a change of venue. We got the news from the organisers and now we are preparing to play in Marrakech.”

Praising the centre halves
“We have four players who are great both individually and collectively. All four could play for any team in the world. We are lucky in that sense and we have to value the work the whole team is doing so that the centre backs are made to work less. They are the best four centre halves in the world.”

Chicharito's time to shine
“He is motivated, as always, and is working hard daily. He will play and important role. I'm not sure how many minutes he'll play but I'm sure he'll help the team out in the tournament.”

Greater La Liga lead
“We are having a good spell in La Liga. We don't look at how other teams are doing, instead we want to continue our own run of form. We have had this competition in mind for a long time and are highly motivated for it.”

Champions League draw
“We got the same team as last year, but we're not thinking about that for now, only in Cruz Azul game.”

Ramos's contract renewal
“I know the club wants to renew the contract and that Sergio wants to stay. Everyone has their own opinions and they are free to express them”.