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Ancelotti: “Arda Güler has options to start against Arandina”

The Real Madrid coach spoke ahead of the Copa del Rey tie

Real Madrid training and press conference Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Real Madrid kick off their Copa Del Rey campaign against Arandina on Saturday night. Coach Carlo Ancelotti gave out a relatively short press conference and touched on the condition of a few players, and talked about who will start tomorrow. He talked about Arda Güler’s chances of starting as well. The Italian said: Güler will be available. He has options to start tomorrow.”

Ancelotti on who will start in goal tomorrow

“Tomorrow, Kepa is going to play. There is competition in goal. They are both working very well.”

Ancelotti on recoveries of Mendy and Camavinga

“Mendy is not yet in the squad. Camavinga will be available tomorrow. Mendy will be there for the Super Cup.”

Ancelotti on the squad availability for tomorrow

“The only ones who are not travelling are Kroos, who has some problems, Tchouameni and Vinicius, who must finish his recovery. The others travel.”

Ancelotti on the Copa Del Rey

“We are the current champions, and this competition gave us a lot of happiness last year. We will try to win it like last year. Tomorrow, we will try to do our best.”

Ancelotti on Sergio Ramos

“I have a special affection for him, and I hope that he reaches the end of his career in the best way. He will do it because he is a professional. He is serious and brave.”

Ancelotti on Dani Carvajal’s chances of playing at centre-back

“It is an option, as it is an option for Nacho to play. Like [Alvaro] Carrillo, he is doing well.”

Ancelotti on the atmosphere change due to the closed roof of the Bernabeu

“The sound is different. There is a better environment. I think this can push and help the team.”

Ancelotti on whether Bellingham is the best in the world.

“He is doing very well; considering that he had to adapt to a new culture, a new language, he is obviously the best.”

Ancelotti on whether something worries him in regards to this game

“Let’s play a serious game, but I have no doubts. The team is plugged in and motivated. We are very well-focused on tomorrow’s game. This competition, I repeat, has given us a lot of happiness.”

Ancelotti, when asked about Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey failures in previous years

“My conclusion is that we have won this competition twice. Both the wins in Valencia and Seville are unforgettable.”

Ancelotti on Vinicius’ early return

“It is due to his seriousness, professionalism and the good work that the physios have done with him.”

Ancelotti on Florentino Perez

“I have a very good relationship with him, and I have not asked him for more than what he has already given me. He is giving me everything, at the level of affection and emotion. We have a good relationship.”

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