Carlo Ancelotti: "Bale and Cristiano will both play the Final"

Alex Grimm

He also spoke about the team's physical condition and broke down the Final against Atlético.

Ancelotti addressed the media four days before the Final.

I think there are no secrets about this game, both teams know each other. The Final will be a close match, there are no favorites in this game, odds are even. We know that we're facing a really solid team that know how to play together. It will be really tough and I think we need a very intense work. We also need the fans to help us as much as when we played against Barcelona.

Some journalists asked him about Pepe and Benzema as well after Ronaldo said he was feeling right.

Pepe and Benzema are our only questionable players. Right now they cannot play but we have four days and we will make our decision on Saturday. If Pepe can't play, Varane will do it in Pepe's spot.

His personal feelings about winning this trophy were also explained.

I'm very proud of playing this match with Real Madrid. I have no pressure and I'm only happy about living the moment. Our job in this Champions has been really good, the team has done really big things during this competition. Some big teams will watch the game on TV and we are lucky enough to play it. Let's see what happens. I will give my best to win this trophy including my experience.

On Arda Turan and Diego Costa, Ancelotti said.

Both are really important players but Atleti have done really fantastic games without them, so I think their toughness will not change. I also want to congratulate them because of their Liga title. I don't think the match will change with or without Costa. They're strong as a team. For us, if a player is not at 100% he might still play if he doesn't have any injury.

Simeone said the midfield will be crucial. Ancelotti agrees.

Yes, that's usually the most important part and we need to be brave and play with good attitude. Atleti are very solid and we need to know that. We've played them four times this season and they are solid even if they are attacking, we need to find other answers to hurt them.

Illarramendi played well last Saturday.

He's alright, I think he's fine because he's confident. I can confirm Illarramendi is available for Saturday's match, but I will not confirm the lineup because we have another press conference in Lisbon. If we were having the press conference on Saturday I would give the lineup, but you have bad luck because we have it on Friday!

Ancelotti also spoke about the importance of the fans.

I have good memories of the Copa del Rey Final. The fans were supporting the team from the hotel to Mestalla and I think that helped us a lot. It will be the same for the Final in Lisbon.

He also addressed Bale's absence.

We wanted him to work on the gym today, both will play the Final and that's enough for us. He is excited because this is his first Champions league Final, and I am sure he will play well.

About Coentrao, Ancelotti said the following.

I think he will stay with Real Madrid next season. About Saturday, both Marcelo and Coentrao are available and ready to play.

Benzema is also having problems.

He might not be at 100% because he did not train with the squad, but if he is not injured, he will play. I'm not worried about him not training this week. You can't change a players' physical condition in three days. If he's not risking an injury, he will play.

He also spoke about the mental aspect of the game.

The most important part is not to be afraid. We need to prepare the game well and get ready for every possible situation. Atleti will be excited because of their Liga title, I don't think this title will distract them. It's good think about every positive aspect of the game. Zidane scored in Glasgow and he knows how to prepare this kind of game. That can help the players. I'm positive and I am only thinking about winning! This trophy is not an obsession, it's a great opportunity for everyone. I'm not thinking about my future because it's obvious without considering what happens in the Final. I'm happy to be here with La Décima or without it.

Diego Torres spoke about the transfer budget of both teams.

I don't think this will decide the match. The match will be decided by technical, physical and tactical matters, not financial ones...

He finally left some thoughts about Khedira.

Khedira is ready to play, he's available. He has not played lately but he's in a very good physical condition.

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