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The information was subsequently made official by Carlo Ancelotti earlier: Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy shall be absent for tomorrow night time’s Clasico in opposition to FC Barcelona. Not sufficient to undermine the arrogance of the Italian, even when he praised his opponent. Take a look at the highlights of his press convention in feedback reported by the Madrid Xtra accounts and Real France.
On the Clasico
“The Clasico is a large recreation, it will likely be particular. The staff is doing nicely and we’re prepared. We’ve got to play a full recreation. We’ve got to defend nicely, maintain the ball, play vertically… it will likely be a full recreation”.
“Benzema has not educated but and he nonetheless feels a bit discomfort. He suffered a small damage which doesn’t enable him to coach. I’m not fearful about Benzema. He’s 34 years previous so he suffered small issues this season however he has all the time come again stronger. He’ll recuperate subsequent week and he shall be prepared for an important a part of the season.”
If Benzema might have taken a danger
“No, we by no means took any dangers. In Paris, he didn’t take any dangers, he performed as a result of he might. However not tomorrow, as a result of he didn’t prepare with the group. He nonetheless feels embarrassed.”
On Benzema’s restoration
“Assessing his future is a activity we must look into, however this season he has performed simply sufficient. His absence has not affected us as he’s nonetheless the league’s prime scorer. When he was injured, he took the chance to return again in higher form and make a distinction. I feel he had accidents on the proper time, now, for instance, he’s not going to go to France and when he comes again he shall be more energizing “.
“Barcelona have a transparent model of play and Xavi symbolizes it completely. They do an excellent job. If we win we’ve 3 extra factors, if we draw one, and if we lose none. I wouldn’t rule out not Barcelona in any case (within the race for the title), it doesn’t matter what. As a result of they may battle till the final recreation”.
On the potential for profitable with out Benzema
“I feel so. Karim is a vital factor, as a result of he finishes all of the work, however with out him we’ve to take care of this work and search for completely different options”.
On Benzema’s substitute
“It’s already determined who’s going to play. However I’m not going to inform you. It’s one (Bale), like Mariano, Jovic, Asensio, Isco… There are a whole lot of them, however I’ve select the one which appears to me the perfect for this match”.
On his relationship with the gamers
“I’m nonetheless on my honeymoon. I’m content material, pleased.. I really feel revered by everybody. Inevitably the gamers who don’t play undergo extra, however my job is to make choices that have an effect on the gamers. Everybody my gamers are very skilled. Sure, it’s apparent that gamers at this degree (Hazard and Bale) need extra protagonism. In the event that they haven’t had it, it’s as a result of I selected different gamers on knowledgeable foundation. However they’ve by no means missed a apply. Ever.”
On the final Clasico on the Bernabéu
“The final time was unforgettable. All of us have in our hearts what occurred that point. Our followers and ourselves will need to repeat it. It’s potential”.
🎙| Ancelotti: “Benzema has not educated but and he nonetheless feels a bit discomfort. He has suffered a small damage that doesn’t let him prepare.”
— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) March 19, 2022
Carlo Ancelotti has proven confidence for El Clasico regardless of the absence of Karim Benzema.