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Ancelotti: "Illarramendi will replace Isco"

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Arrigo Sacchi visited Valdebebas. He's good friends with Carlo Ancelotti, and he was Real Madrid's football director one year also.

I always like talking to Sacchi, he's happy with how we are playing, but we did not make comparisons between our Real Madrid and his Milan.

Isco's ban has not been lifted, but Ancelotti has already chosen his replacement.

Isco is not going to play because we did not want to appeal and take it a step further. Illarramendi will replace him and the rest of the team will be the same. We have to understand that a referee can make a mistake, Isco's yellow is a thing of the past, Isco's form is brilliant but this will not affect tomorrow's game, I trust Illarramendi.

Carlo assessed James' form also.

James is playing well, with a lot of sacrifice as well. He needs to keep it going because we're happy with how he's playing right now.

The whole first team had dinner together on Thursday night. When asked about whether they talked about winning more games to break Frank Rijkaard's record with FC Barcelona, Ancelotti was clear.

Honestly, we haven't talked about this. We arranged a dinner for all our working group, the players are performing really well but our working group is like a family too, everybody is happy and I believe the players enjoy the atmosphere as well. We need to keep winning to maintain this good atmosphere

And finally, onto Celta.

They are a good side, they work really hard and they managed to win at the Camp Nou. We need a good Real Madrid, it's not going to be easy because they will play with a lot of intensity.

There are rumors about Real Madrid wanting to sign Lucas Silva not next summer, but this January instead. Ancelotti dismissed them, though.

Khedira has had some bad luck, we have a good roster, we don't need anybody during the winter transfer market, we aren't signing anybody in January.

Karim Benzema has been one of the keys behind Real's success, and Ancelotti praised the French striker.

Karim is playing really well, he's enjoying his teammates' form and his teammates are enjoying his performances as well.

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