Ancelotti: "Isco Will Start Against Elche"

Denis Doyle

The Italian coach spoke to the media one day before the match against Elche.

Carlo Ancelotti was in charge of Real Madrid's pre-match press conference for Wednesday's game against Elche (22:00 CET). The Italian coach said that Isco will not rest for Saturday's derby against Atlético Madrid.

No, he's going to play tomorrow.

Ancelotti spoke about Varane and Coentrao as well:

Yes, they are fit and they are ready to play. Now I will have to make a decision about them, but they are ready to play.

Marcelo should also be back soon:

Yes, I think Marcelo will be ready for the game against Atlético.

A journalist asked Ancelotti about Isco's similarities to Zinedine Zidane:

We will have to ask Zidane about that. It's true that I talked about that with him and Zidane said that he's not there yet, but he's playing really well.

Asked about Varane's role after recovering from his knee injury, Ancelotti said the following:

He's Real Madrid's future. But we will have to see. He will start some games and he will rest some others. He's a great talent. I cannot say that he will be the starter, because that would be lying. Nacho, Ramos and Pepe are also doing a great job.

Ancelotti seems to be happy about Carvajal as well:

He has started really well, he's a really good player. He has a lot of pressure but he's dealing well with it and that's why I'm happy. It's normal that he wants to play for Real Madrid considering that he was raised here.

Finally, Ancelotti had something to say about Benzema's situation:

I don't need to talk with him because he's doing a good job. It's good to score, but I'm also liking his job on the pitch and he's not nervous. He likes to play well and give his best. To be whistled some times is not a problem because that keeps you motivated.

It will be interesting to see the team Ancelotti has in mind for the game against Elche.

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