Ancelotti press conference ahead of the of tomorrow game against Espanyol, the manager talks about Kylian Mbappe’s deal and Casemiro availability.
Real Madrid will be crowned the Champions if they win or draw their game against Espanyol tomorrow.
The manager had his say on the team news ahead of the game tomorrow. He will surely rest some of his star players ahead of the Champions League game.
Carlo Ancelotti press conference
Ancelotti: “I usually talk to my players to know how they feel, but at the end I always decide who will play. The player’s opinion is important, but not the most important.”
“Many goals? Benzema is doing an amazing season, Vinicius has improved, Asensio has scored a lot of goals, Modrić and Kroos have scored, Casemiro, Rodrygo.. We have improved.”
Ancelotti on Mbappe: “Pochettino said Mbappe will 100% stay? Sometimes coaches don’t tell the truth.”
“If the players are too relaxed ahead of tomorrow? No. We’re focused about winning tomorrow.”
“What Pochettino said about Mbappe? I think all the Madridistas are thinking about La Liga and the Champions League right now. Only about that.”
“Asensio is fresh and can start tomorrow. I will evaluate what to do with Benzema.”
“We don’t need a replacement for Casemiro because we have many players who can play in that role. Kroos, Camavinga…”
“The XI for tomorrow? I can’t use Alaba, Nacho and Militao tomorrow so Vallejo will play tomorrow. I could use Casemiro as CB because he has recovered.”
“Vinicius and Benzema? They can rest tomorrow yes, but if a player is fine he will play. I will bench the players who are tired and not because it’s an easier game tomorrow.”
“Marcelo? He ha suffered as a player because he has not played a lot this season. He is our captain and he’s a professional. He’s been perfect for his teammates. I respect him a lot.”