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Copa del Rey Semifinals: Carlo Ancelotti Pre-Match Press Conference

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti addressed the media ahead of Wednesday's derby at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and talked Ronaldo, Bale, Jese and Di Maria.

David Ramos

Carletto dropped a few hints as to which players will start the match while confirming that Gareth Bale is fit and available. Here are a few talking points from Carlo Ancelotti's pre-match press conference:

On Cristiano's availability:

"I don't think we'll have to wait for the committee's decision because I'm sure Cristiano won't receive a harsh sanction. Cristiano will start tomorrow."

Beating Atlético:

"We have 180 minutes to win. It's not an easy team to beat because they defend very well and utilize the counter attack. We'll have to give our all. They beat us in the league but Real Madrid has changed a lot since then."

Bale's adaptation:

"Bale played very well for part of the season, but then he faced some problems. He will be much better next year because he'll have had a preseason and will have adapted to Spanish football."

Similarities between Bale and Modric's first year:

"The first year was hard because Modric was in another culture with a different language. He's now used to it and is much better. Modric's quality and ability give us more speed with the ball and more possession."

What Jesé must do to crack the starting line-up:

"Jesé is a starter. He started against Bilbao."


"It's possible he will play tomorrow but not on Saturday. The player is doing very well."

Tomorrow's fullbacks:

Tomorrow we play with Coentrão and Arbeloa.

Simeone's claims that Atleti are not favorites:

"Not even Simeone believes what he said. He's doing a fantastic job. It's normal for a coach whose team may have not started the league as favorites to continue with this message despite being top of the league, in the semis of the Copa del Rey and the quarterfinals of the Champions League. He wants to rid himself of some pressure."

The home crowd's importance:

"The Bernabéu will be very important tomorrow. It's a derby and we'll surely have the support of many fans. It's important to keep a clean sheet and we'll try everything to win the game."

Di María's role:

"We're now playing with a 4-3-3 because I believe it gives the team more balance. The midfield trio's work is very good. Di María is playing very well. He scores goals and works hard on defense. He is like the team itself in his equilibrium. He's played in this position many times with Argentina and he likes it."

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