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Ancelotti: “The Clásico is special and my players are focussed and up for it”

NEWS STORY. 21/10/2021

“Against Shakhtar it was our best game. We played really well and have to continue like this”, said the coach.

Just three days before the season’s first Clásico, Carlo Ancelotti looked ahead to the clash at the Camp Nou on Realmadrid TV: “They’re special games. In every country there are special games like Inter-AC Milan, Chelsea-Tottenham, Bayern-Dortmund. It’s a special game for Spain and the Clásico is the most important one for the fans. It’s not like any other game and I like to prepare for it with the utmost calmness and maximum focus”.

“I’ve been impressed with everyone’s commitment. I see it every day in training. The team is focused. We haven't had any fantastic moments, but the players are motivated and showing great focus to train every day. Against Shakhtar it was our best game. We played really well and have to continue like this”.

Key points
“For our team, the most important thing is always to defend well with a low, medium and very high block. It’s easier for us, because of our characteristics, to defend with a low block because it’s much more dangerous to counter-attack into the space with the players we have up front”.

“It’s all about defending well. We’ve kept a clean sheet in every game that we’ve won. This team’s problem is not scoring goals, but conceding. That’s why I try to focus on this aspect so often”.

General fitness of team
"We’re good and the players have come back in good shape after the game against Shakhtar. I think Carvajal and Hazard will return. We have time to prepare for the Clásico both physically and tactically. The players know what a Clásico is all about. We’ll face it with total tranquillity and absolute confidence”.

A stand-out memory of the Clásicos
"It’s quite easy. Bale’s sprint in the 2014 final. It was a really tough game. We played well and Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t there because of injury. We had to defend well, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to attack, just that you have to defend well when you don’t have the ball”.