Carlo Ancelotti: "Barcelona can hardly surprise us"
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Carlo Ancelotti is maximally motivated to beat Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey. The Italian wants his team to show the game that is expected of them. After heavy defeats against Barca this season, Real Madrid has to take a different approach in this match.
"Tomorrow we have to win! There is also an option to repeat the starting 11 from the previous El Clasico. We have to evaluate where we have been doing well lately and how we played, and not just see if the result is positive.
I will repeat, it could be the same line-up, maybe not", - said Ancelotti. "Intensity, dynamics and energy are important in this type of match. A good start and transition can give us an advantage. In matches with pressure, players with experience can be extremely important".
Carlo Ancelotti and tactics: Barcelona can hardly surprise us
Ancelotti has an interesting tactic for this match. He believes that Barca will not be able to surprise them this time. The Italian worked a lot with the players regarding confidence and the mental aspect.
"Barcelona can hardly surprise us, because it is difficult to change the system for one game when you have been working on it for a whole year. He can surprise with small details and change the system, which is unlikely. It is important not to "go crazy" when we score a goal.
The idea is to play calmly throughout the match. With and without the ball. You can score a goal in the fifth minute and then concede two". Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are still on the team and a lot is expected of them. Ancelotti will think carefully about the first XI "Kros and ModriÄ are untouchable.
But he was also untouchable against Valladolid and spent the game on the bench. There are many untouchables and then you have to choose 11 starters. I have to think about who I have on the bench, those who play important roles now, but also last year".