Ancelotti is wary of repeating the quartet in the Clasico
Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti said that he will not resort to “invention” in the Clasico-tomorrow, Sunday – against rivals Barcelona, for fear of repeating the experience of last year, when he paid a high price for trying to try a new style of play when facing the Catalan club.
Real Madrid suffered a tough 4-nil loss at home to Barcelona in the Clasico last March, and Ancelotti admitted at a press conference on Saturday that the result was a price for trying to modify the way his team plays.
Courtois not present at the Clasico
The Italian coach said: “football was invented a long time ago. There are no inventors in football anymore. So I don’t want to invent anything. I tried last season, we got slapped, this time I won’t invent anything”.
However, Ancelotti seemed convinced that such a harsh defeat would not haunt Real Madrid during tomorrow’s encounter, and said: “last year’s match will not affect us. It’s a new season, a new Classico. We are excited to play this Clasico. We will play a match that the whole world will watch. So we dream of showing a good image and winning to our fans. But this is not a game of life or death”.
He considered that the preparation for the Clasico match is no different from the rest of the matches, and added that it is a special match, preparation is being done for it like the rest of the matches, but you need to take into account the emotional aspect in your preparations”.
The Italian coach confirmed the absence of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from tomorrow’s match due to his incomplete recovery from back pain, while German defender Antonio Rudiger will be present, after participating in training today wearing a mask, to protect him from new complications of the injury he suffered in his face during the match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last Tuesday.
Real Madrid are looking to win the Clasico to take the top spot in the Spanish league, while Barcelona are looking for a victory that restores confidence to the team that came close to exiting the Champions League, after stumbling against Inter Milan (3-3) last Wednesday.
Barcelona leads the Spanish league with 22 points, a goal difference from Real Madrid, and the Catalan club has only been beaten once this season.