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Ancelotti: “We’re close to winning the first title of the season, and we are motivated”

The Real Madrid coach spoke ahead of the Super Cup final

Real Madrid Training Session Photo by Antonio Villalba/Real Madrid via Getty Images

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press on Saturday morning ahead of the Spanish Super Cup final against Barcelona. Ancelotti gave a pretty lengthy conference, talking about Zinedine Zidane, the goalkeeper situation, the game on Sunday, and more. Speaking of the latter, the Italian said: “We are good. There is calmness in the squad. The team has recovered and is emotionally motivated. “We are close to winning a title, and we will try to do it.”

Ancelotti on who will start in goal

“I’m going to do something, I thank you for your interest. But don’t worry, I’m going to do something. We signed Kepa to be a starter, then he had an injury. Lunin deserves the competition, not because of Kepa’s demerit but because of Lunin’s good performances. I feel like now I can’t choose a starter and a substitute. The important thing is that they both understand it. And they have understood it.”

Ancelotti on whether he plans substitutions before games

“The matches are prepared with 11 players. I never think beforehand what changes I am going to make. Every game changes in terms of details and dynamics. It is difficult to think about a preventive change unless it is due to an injury, like with Vinicius. In a game like tomorrow’s, I don’t think about the changes beforehand. Then, due to fatigue, a change in strategy or because a player is doing poorly, I make changes. I trust that those on the bench are prepared. At Madrid, they always are.”

Ancelotti on whether Real Madrid are favourites for tomorrow

“This is a competition that ends tomorrow. The rest is another story. It is an important title for the image of the club. In a Clásico, there are no favorites by career. The small details will decide the final.”

Ancelotti on whether Real Madrid look for revenge for last year’s final

“Real Madrid do not play for revenge. Real Madrid come out at full strength due to the demands of this shirt. We respect our rival. They have beaten us on other occasions. But we are always hungry.”

Ancelotti on Zinedine Zidane

“Zidane was the best player I have seen in training. It was incredible what he was capable of doing. He helped me a lot as an assistant because he knew the club very well and I knew him. He helped me a lot in adapting to Spain. It was a very big help.”

Ancelotti on why Dani Carvajal did not train yesterday

“He needed a day of rest. Veterans have a harder time recovering.”

Ancelotti on Xavi

“Xavi is doing an excellent job. He doesn’t have the experience that I have because he is very young. His career is very good, it helps him to have been one of the best midfielders in the world in the past. The idea of how he saw football is helping him.

“I would be surprised if Xavi said he doesn’t like winning. It will be close like every Clásico.”

Ancelotti on Nacho

“Nacho serves as an example for the youngsters, in seriousness, professionalism, motivation.”

Ancelotti on the previous Clásico

“The strategy was not good in the first half, we have to take it into account for tomorrow.”

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