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Carlo Ancelotti: "Marcelo and Modric Will Rest Tomorrow"

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The Italian coach speaks one day after Cristiano Ronaldo raised the 2013 FIFA Ballon D'Or and one day before Real Madrid's match against Osasuna (Wednesday 21:30 CET).

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As it was expected, Carlo Ancelotti had to answer a lot of questions about Cristiano Ronaldo's Ballon D'Or. And basically, here's what he said.

He worked really hard for it. To see him scoring so many goals didn't surprise, but his desire to work and improve is what surprised me a lot. These kind of players like him, Pirlo, Messi or Thiago Silva made football a lot better.

The Italian coach confirmed that Fàbio Coentrao will start Wednesday's match against Osasuna.

He wants to play, he's recovered now and I think he will do a great match. Marcelo will rest because he needs to.

Luka Modric has been a key player for Carlo Ancelotti. When asked about the Croatian's progress, Ancelotti showed his satisfaction about Modric's form, also saying that he will rest.

He's doing really well. Maybe he had some troubles adapting to the club last season, but now he has the confidence, he knows the club and he's doing a great job. And because he's in such a great moment, he will rest tomorrow as well.

Finally, Carlo Ancelotti also said that Raphäel Varane should be back to work with the rest of the squad next week. But we've heard that before, haven't we?

Varane has the potential to be Thiago Silva or Sergio Ramos. He's still working apart to get his knee ready, but he should be back with the squad next week.