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Carlo Ancelotti: "We go to Munich to attack, not defend."

Carlo Ancelotti added his personal thoughts to the official condolences already sent by the club when given the opportunity to comment on the death of his colleague, Tito Vilanova, the former coach of Barcelona. "I did not know Tito closely, and only encountered him once with PSG (in the quarterfinal of the 2012-13 Champions League) but I am dismayed by his passing. I found him a quiet and serious man. This is a terrible loss for Barcelona."

Denis Doyle

Asked to look forward to Bayern, the coach refused to comment on whether he would use the same starting 11 as the one that beat Osasuna 4-0 this evening. He did explicitly state however that if fit, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will start together on Tuesday. And he expects they will all be ready to play. Ancelotti would not confirm whether or not Isco will be the player dropped to make space for the expected return of Bale (who will be fit after a bout of flu that left him "very weak") merely commenting that he had not decided on his line-up yet.

"We are going to Munich to attack, not defend. I have absolute confidence in these players."

Ancelotti also stated he was grateful for the chance to rest some players this evening. He found the match entertaining but did not think it had been physically hard on his players.

And finally, commenting briefly on a question that has several European Clubs interested - where is Zinedine Zidane going? - he merely remarked that he did not know.

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