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Ancelotti: "James will start"

The Italian coach spoke to the press the day before his team makes his return to action.

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Real Madrid are back in action hosting Granada at the Santiago Bernabéu (Sunday 12:00 CET). Carlo Ancelotti has recovered James Rodríguez, who missed two months with a foot injury.

James will start and he has a good condition. He has trained well.

Ancelotti also discussed Danilo's signing.

Danilo is a great right-back, one of the best in Europe. Carvajal and Arbeloa know that inner competition is important in every big club, they are focused and decided to do their best this season. This is about signing a player that will improve the squad.

The race for La Liga is still alive, says Ancelotti.

We are sure that the race for La Liga is still open, we have to try to win every match. The team is excited about our chances and the players are fresh and ready. I think that we are better physically than last year at this point, we are confident.

Ancelotti might be making rotations soon.

I will try to make rotations because we have 9 games this month, so we will need to be careful with our condition.

Bale's form with Wales was impressive and Real Madrid's coach feels that he can keep this going with Los Blancos.

I think Bale's last couple of matches have been good and he kept his good form with Wales. This FIFA break was good for some of our players to regain some confidence and good feelings.

Real Madrid will play 4 of the 6 Liga games this month at the Bernabéu, and this could be important, says Ancelotti.

The fans will help us if we play well, which is our main goal for this month because our match against Barcelona was good. We cannot be thinking about where Barcelona will drop points, our goal is to win every match left, and I believe we can do this just like it happened before winter.

Chicharito shared his thoughts on his situation with an interview to FOX. Ancelotti chimed in.

I understand Chicharito's feelings, some players have not featured a lot recently like him, Illarra or Coentrao. But I need the whole roster now because we have to play a lot of matches and they will be used more.

Ancelotti also announced some changes to the team's lineup for tomorrow.

James is ready to start. I will give Khedira and Carvajal rest for tomorrow, and Isco is suspended. The rest of the players are available. Pepe has a small injury that will not make him miss the Champions League tie.

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