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Ancelotti: "All Madridistas will be together as one against Juve"

NEWS | 12/05/2015 | Alberto Navarro

"The team look focused, up for it and raring to play in another final", he said.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media in the Ciudad Real Madrid press room. The Italian coach looked ahead to the second leg of the Champions League: "The team look focused, up for it and raring to put in a great semi-final to have the chance to play in the final again. It's an important moment of the season, because we're very close to playing in another final and going down in the history of the competition. We know that it'll be difficult, but we we're out to do everything we can to win".

"All Madridistas will be together as one against Juve. The fans have helped us in a lot of situations, such as against Atlético and Bayern. Tomorrow will be the same. In the recent games against Valencia and Sevilla we played well, but we lacked concentration in terms of the small details. Tomorrow we have to avoid that, be patient and play with a higher level of intensity than in the first leg".

The opponents
"They have their style of play and their identity. I don't think that they'll change that for this game. They have a one-goal lead and they're a team who are used to playing together, whether with three central defenders or with four at the back. Our idea is clear and we're focused on that, however they play".

Message to his players
"We have to be calm and focused, and that's what I'm going to ask my players for. We are desperate to play in another final and the most important thing is to be calm. That allows you to perform to your maximum".

We need to play with intensity and focus to avoid problems.

"I ask them to play with intensity and be really focused, because there's no room for errors. We have to look to play a quality match".

The importance of playing another semi-final
"This is the Champions League and a separate competition from La Liga. This team can go down in history by winning two Champions Leagues in the last two years. It has the same feeling of all the semi-finals that I've played: the dream of reaching the final. The primary objective was to get to the final. We're very close and I feel the same sensations as I did in the other semi-final against Bayern". 

Bale
"He has had a good season. Last year he scored at important times and it's possible that this season he'll have the chance to do the same. We're happy with the season that he has had. I've spoken to him many times and he's delighted to be here".

"I didn't understand what his agent said, but we're used to many people talking too much. This is a world where many people talk and sometimes they talk too much. Bale's agent has never seen a Real Madrid training session, he's talking from the outside and Bale has never had any problems with his team-mates, nor his team-mates with him. Bale likes his team-mates and his team-mates like him. It would have been better if he had not said anything".

Benzema
"He's in good shape and he's 100% available. He has recovered and he's ready. He could play from the start, or in the second half. Chicharito brings us penetration and keeps the opposition backline on its toes, while Benzema makes the whole team play better. With him, we can play a higher-quality attacking game because he makes the others play better".

"He has recovered well from his problems, but he hasn't played for a month. That's the doubt for me. I don't know whether to field him from the start or during the game, because in the second half the tempo of the game will be lower". 

Whistles directed at Casillas
"Casillas has a lot of experience and this isn't going to affect him, but rather motivate him more. There are times that I understand whistling when you don't play well or make mistakes, but there are times that it's incomprehensible. I think that tomorrow will be different, because the Bernabéu understands the importance that this game has".

"It's up to everyone to make their own future decisions. I think that Casillas has said many times that he wants to stay. He has the confidence of the coach, of his team-mates in the dressing room and of the club".

Balance
"It depends above all on the players working together, particularly the midfielders and the defence. When you have the quality to play an attacking brand of football, to have more balance the midfielders and the defenders have to get involved more than the forwards do".

Ramos in the midfield
"I don't rule it out. It's a possibility".

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