Preview: Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid Copa del Rey - Taking Nothing For Granted

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Carlo Ancelotti has called up every available senior player and is taking nothing for granted.

In the last league match against Villarreal, Real Madrid's leftbacks both left the pitch injured. Fans will be relieved to find both of them in the squad.

Real Madrid Squad List: Goalkeepers: Casillas, Diego López and Jesús. Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Arbeloa, Carvajal, Coentrão, Marcelo and Nacho. Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Illarra, Isco, Bale, Casemiro, Modric and Di María. Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Morata and Jesé.

The last match, which Madrid won convincingly giving them a three goal advantage going into the second leg, was a typical derby. Emotional, ugly to watch, the event marred by controversial incidents. Real Madrid were dominant but, as often seems the case in a derby, Atlético Madrid could still be said to have been unlucky; two of three goals conceded were own-goals, one of them a howler from the otherwise brilliant Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid's coach, Carlo Ancelotti, seems well aware of this. The team would normally have a routine second-leg, but in a derby one never knows what to expect. This explains the call-ups and his cautious optimism in this morning's press conference.

Of particular note: the coach's concern over his defenders picking up cards before a final. Sergio Ramos managed to avoid getting a card in the first leg. That's good, because he's one of the players at risk. The other is Pepe. To what extent he will be willing to risk rotation in a difficult stadium is difficult to predict.

The match kicks off at 21:00 tomorrow.

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