Atlético de Madrid will need to score three goals to send the tie to extra-time. And if Real Madrid manage to get one, Simeone's men would promote to the Copa del Rey Final only if they score five or more. That, alongside the team's lack of rest in some positions -Modric, Pepe, Ramos, Di María and Benzema- is why Carlo Ancelotti should start some bench players at the Vicente Calderón.
Still, the Italian coach has said that he believes the tie 'isn't over yet'. It would be a tough test for Varane and Nacho to play at the Calderón. The French defender has just recovered from a knee injury and Nacho is not experienced enough just yet. But Pepe and Ramos would miss the Final if they get booked. It's time to make some decisions, Carlo.
Luka Modric has arguably been Real's best midfielder this season. But he probably needs a break. With Asier Illarramendi much fresher and Isco trying to learn that center midfield position, this is the perfect situation for Carlo Ancelotti to rest both Modric and Ángel Di María. Alonso didn't start against Villarreal, so that Alonso-Isco-Illarramendi midfield would be balanced enough to have an easy, scare-free derby.
Gareth Bale should not be rushed back either. The Welsh attacker just played his first game since the Christmas break and the match at the Calderón might be too much for his thigh in a three-day span. Jesé is playing brilliantly, Morata needs minutes and Cristiano Ronaldo surely wants to play the match after his Liga BBVA suspension. So why not playing with those three men upfront?
Carlo Ancelotti has found his best starting XI, it seems. But he better not force those players too much just yet.
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