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Carlo Ancelotti has stated Actual Madrid are “shut” to profitable LaLiga however insisted the race “isn’t over but” and denied that he’s fascinated with the chance to clinch the title away at rivals Atletico Madrid in subsequent month’s derby.
Madrid are prime of the desk on 75 factors — 15 factors away from Barcelona, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, though Barca have a recreation in hand — with simply six matches left.
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“It’s true that we’re near profitable the league, however we nonetheless have video games to play,” Ancelotti stated in a information convention on Tuesday forward of Madrid’s subsequent recreation, away at Osasuna. “I’ve an excessive amount of expertise to [feel like a champion]. It’s true that we’re very shut and we’re doing effectively. Nevertheless it isn’t over but. Tomorrow is a superb alternative to get nearer.”
Madrid may very well be topped champions as early as this weekend if midweek outcomes go their manner — with Atletico Madrid internet hosting Granada, Sevilla visiting Levante and Barcelona away at Actual Sociedad — however there’s additionally the tantalising risk of profitable the league in opposition to Atletico on the Wanda Metropolitano on Might 8.
“The depend we do is kind of easy,” Ancelotti stated. “It’s getting three factors in opposition to Osasuna, then getting three factors in opposition to Espanyol, and if we want extra, getting three factors in opposition to Atletico. I’m not a mathematician, I favor historical past.”
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Ancelotti stated Luka Modric won’t face Osasuna because of tiredness, whereas Casemiro is unavailable with a minor harm. Nevertheless, Karim Benzema, who has scored 15 objectives in his final 10 video games, will play.
“When a participant is okay, they don’t have to relaxation,” he stated. “He isn’t drained, he doesn’t have a pressure, so there’s no sense in not choosing him. He’s in type and I’ll decide him tomorrow.”
The Italian wouldn’t be drawn on whether or not profitable his fourth Champions League as a supervisor or changing into the primary coach to win Europe’s “large 5” leagues (Spain’s LaLiga, England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1) can be a higher achievement.
“I’ve been fortunate to teach at nice golf equipment to have this sort of alternative,” he stated. “Napoleon stated he most well-liked fortunate generals to generals with high quality.”