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Carlo Ancelotti: "Bayern Munich aren't my bogey team"

AS AS 22/04/2014 Carlos Forjanes
Ancelotti: "Bayern aren't my bogey team" © ANDREA COMAS -REUTERS- Ancelotti: "Bayern aren't my bogey team"

Bayern Munich aren’t my bogey team. I’ve had good results against them,” were the words of Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu (20:45 CET).

Cristiano Ronaldo: “Cristiano trained as normal today, he has trained well these last days. We have another test with him tomorrow, but it’s clear that he’ll play if everyone is sure that he can play without any problems. We’re confident that he’ll play, but we’ll make a decision tomorrow.”

Relapse: “If there are risks of a recurrence he won’t play. This is a tie that won’t be decided tomorrow. We might gain an advantage in the home leg, but the decisice match is on Tuesday.”

Gareth Bale: “He’s very happy. Yesterday he had a small problem, but he seems really up for it. He’s confident, as is the whole team. After, the goal against Barcelona in the final, it’s normal for him to have more confidence.”

Approach: “I hope we have 11 on the pitch. That’s no joke. Against Barça, the team was very compact and worked together, and tomorrow will be the same. I’m not saying Barça are Bayern, but the philosophy is the same. We need to work hard and be compact in defence. We need to control the play to show our quality. We’re not going to play a game to stop the other team playing, but try to play our own game.”

Clarification of Cristiano situation: “He has had an injury, he has had treatment. He had a consultation with the club doctors, he underwent rehabilitation, he has been training for three days and has been trained with the group for the last two days. He feels good, we feel good and tomorrow he’ll have a test. If he’s OK, he’ll play. If there are risks of a recurrence, he won’t play. It’s that simple.”

Would it be a failure if Madrid went out in the semi-finals? “Failure is such an ugly word. I can’t say that getting to the semi-final is a success. The target in this competition is to get to the final. We’re not in the final yet. We have to fight for 180 minutes against a strong team. A semi-final isn’t a success, but I think that four consecutive semis is not bad.”

Bayern weakness: “They have a problem when you put the ball in the net.”

Development of team: “With time, we have improved our play, our quality. Tthe chance to win La Décima this year is a source of motivation. We’re up for it, we’re enthusiastic and we’ll do everything we can tomorrow.”

Bogey team: “Real Madrid’s bogey team isn’t mine, but that doesn’t make me more confident. What gives me confidence is the players I have, so tomorrow I think we can see a good Real Madrid.”

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