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Ancelotti: “There are three very important points to play for against Elche"

NEWS STORY. 22/01/2022

“They're in good form and we found it tough to beat them in the Copa", stated the Italian coach.

Carlo Ancelotti appeared in an online press conference from Real Madrid City on the day prior to the clash with Elche. The Italian discussed the LaLiga matchday 22 encounter, set to take place at the Santiago Bernabéu (Sunday, 4:15pm CET): “We found it tough to beat them in the Copa. They're in good form and they will come here with a similar approach. We'll have to be resilient and show good motivation because there are three important points to play for".

“The team is in pretty good shape, we've got Asensio, Vallejo and Mariano out with muscular issues and Carvajal remains positive. Tomorrow is a good day to play Hazard from the start and I hope it's a good game for him. Gareth is improving physically and training with the team every day”.

“The calendar doesn't make sense. It's not an issue that only affects Real Madrid, it's a matter for every club. We're not going to put pressure on any other team. We'll play with the guys who are available and that's all there is to it, but the calendar is madness and it must be resolved sooner rather than later".

“We know our Brazilian lads want to play for their national team. They're going to go with Brazil and the coach will make his decisions and then they'll be back. We won't pressure anyone".