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Ancelotti: "We're not settling for a draw"

The Italian coach speaks ahead of Sunday's decisive Clásico.

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Who is the favorite side for Sunday's Clásico? Ancelotti answers.

To be the favorites or the underdogs depends on the form, and that's why Barcelona are the favorites. But we are confident and this is a good chance for us to win and lead the table once again.

Even though this Clásico might as well decide the race for La Liga, Ancelotti refuses to admit that.

Every game is very important, this one will not be as decisive as the two matches against Atlético, because that's a tie in which you can get knocked out in two games.

Real Madrid are ready for the game, says the coach.

We are ready for this match, we worked hard and we will try to do what we need to do in order to win the game. This is a special match because we are facing a very good team in a very important time of the season. We are calm and confident about playing well. Our goal is to play the game the way we do and don't let Barcelona do that exact same thing.

Ancelotti is also confident about his group of players.

I'm a patient man and some say that my patience has no limits, but it has a limit. I know how this business works and I feel well. My faith in this club and these players is out of question. I don't think that my spot is in danger.

The team's physical condition has improved, per Ancelotti.

We have improved physically, and I think that having Ramos and Modric back will help us a lot. I don't think that this game will be decided by the physical condition of any of these two teams, but by whichever team plays with a cool head.

Cristiano Ronaldo will surely be looking forward to improve his form.

Cristiano is well, his week has been perfect and I think he is at his best right now, but all 11 players will be responsible of what happens. We need to attack with 11 players and defend with 11 players as well, tomorrow's strategy will be clear.

All things said, Real Madrid will not settle for a draw.

I'm not settling for a draw, we have the quality to win and I'm not willing to settle for a draw here.

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