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Ancelotti: “We go into Wednesday’s game full of confidence”

NEWS STORY. 13/05/2023

“I have a strong bench and that can help us”, said the coach after the victory over Getafe.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke in the press room at the Santiago Bernabéu after his side’s victory over Getafe. The coach had the following to say: “I have a clear idea of Wednesday's team today, I have no doubts at all. We're feeling confident. I have a strong bench with players that can contribute in this type of game. Last year the players who came off the bench helped us win the Champions League.”

“You always play with fire in this job. What can I do? I've named a competitive and fresh squad so that no one complains that we're giving an advantage to an opponent who's fighting relegation. Those who were tired didn't play. It's a good sign that we go into Wednesday with the full squad available.”

Demanding fixture schedule
“Guardiola has complained about the calendar, which is too packed. We played with less rest in the first leg and now it's their turn. The schedule isn't ideal and that's all there is to it. There are too many games for everyone. It was better for them to play on Saturday than on Sunday, and they're right about that. I don't know why we played the first leg on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. All the coaches complain about the calendar and someone has to do something in the future.”

His conversation with Bordalás
“I wished him the best of luck for the end of the season. They have a big challenge ahead of them and I wished him all the best.”

Camavinga going off injured
“He's jarred his knee, but it is only a knock. The knee is stable, but he's in a bit of discomfort. It's nothing. He'll recover soon. Tomorrow he'll rest like everyone else who's played. I think he'll train with the team on Monday without any problems.”

Hazard and Mendy
“They've both done well. They lack match fitness. Mendy was planned to play 45 minutes. He felt good and could have continued, but I preferred to take him off. Hazard too, 60 minutes for a player who hasn't played much was enough. He contributed to the team.”

“He was tired and I rested him to keep him fresh for Wednesday. He will play. I don't know how many minutes, but he will play. He'll start the game.”

Praise for the medical staff and fitness coaches
“We have a very high standard of medical staff and fitness coaches. They all contribute and we also have extremely serious and professional players. We solved the problems fairly well thanks to everyone's efforts. We are a very well organised group.”