Carletto Ancelotti wants his side to finish the calendar year on a high note in what will be Real Madrid's final game prior to the Christmas break. He expects his team to acquire three points while also playing a quality game in what could be a challenging match-up. The Mister expects this opposing Valencia side to come out motivated and determined to prove that they are a new team after the sacking of coach Miroslav Djukic. Furthermore, Ancelotti acknowledges that it won't be easy to win on the road but that Real Madrid have proven successful in past visits to Mestalla.
Since Gareth Bale is recovering from a minor knock, Ancelotti has determined that Ángel di María will occupy his familiar right-wing position in Madrid's formation.
In this particular press conference, Ancelotti was asked to elaborate on rumors that Xabi Alonso will not renew his contract with Real Madrid. Here's what he had to say as reported on Real Madrid's official site:
"Whether he renews or not, he's our player until this summer and we hope that beyond that too. He's very important to the team and if he's available, he'll play. I haven't spoken with the club because I don't need to. All the staff would like him to renew his contract because he's a very important player and one of the best midfielders in the world."
Xabi Alonso's situation will certainly keep Madridistas on their toes once the winter transfer window opens, though Ancelotti believes the team can also perform at a high level without the former Liverpool man. He commended Alonso's partnership with Luka Modric but acknowledged that his other midfielders have also performed well when called upon.
Finally, Ancelotti clarified his critique of the team's second-half performance against Olímpic de Xàtiva in the Copa del Rey. Madrid's coach explained that he was disappointed with the entire squad's performance, not just the Canteranos.