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Ancelotti: "Benzema will be able to play against Atlético de Madrid"

Good news for Real Madrid.

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Karim Benzema pulled out of today's training session but will be ready against Atlético.

Benzema is not available for he will be ready for the game against Atlético. Our formation will not change tomorrow. We know that this is a dangerous match, Málaga played really well against Atlético, performing with a lot of intensity and quality. They beat Barcelona at home and we need to focus on this match in order to win it.

Ancelotti is satisfied with how the team played against Atlético and says that was the most important thing.

The thing that made me happy was how well we played. The score comes after that, but I am happy because our game was good.

All games remaining are important.

Isco doesn't think he's lost the spot because he played in La Liga. Every match counts now because we are fighting for both competitions. Luckily enough, the players are aware about this. Isco is fresh and ready to go and I know I can use him any given time.

Ancelotti did not confirm Fàbio Coentrao will start next Wednesday, but he did say the Portuguese defender will not play against Málaga.

We need to win tomorrow, we are not thinking about who needs minutes to get in shape. Coentrao will not play tomorrow. I'm still deciding who will start in Benzema's spot.

One day after saying that Casillas could be dropped if a better goalkeeper signs for Real Madrid, Ancelotti backs down.

I'm not here to rank the best goalkeepers in the world of football. I'm happy with all three of our goalkeepers here.

Isco hasn't been a starter since James recovered from his injury, but he's still a crucial player, says Ancelotti.

I think Isco is happy with how he's played this season. He's been on the pitch more often this season in comparison to last year. Everyone was talking about him a month ago and now after one match they think he's lost his spot. Isco is a crucial player in this roster.

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