Real Madrid goes to the Camp Nou with mixed feelings. He knows that the last train to the League goes through winning today in Barcelona, but at the same time he is aware that right now it is not his main battle this season in which the League has become a ball. Once again excited by the Champions League, their fetish competition, Madrid sees the Copa del Rey much more feasible and being able to choose which match to win of the two that remain at the Camp Nou, Madrid fans would undoubtedly prefer the one on Wednesday 5th of April that gives him access to the cup final.
As if he did not have enough open fronts, today's classic comes to Carlo Ancelotti in the midst of a very strong wave of rumors that place the Italian next season in charge of the canarinha despite the fact that he has one more year left on his contract. Real Madrid sources deny that the Italian is questioned, that he is still very much to Florentino Pérez's liking and that he will only leave if he decides.
However, an unwritten law also states that no coach has repeated with the current president if they have not won at least one major title, be it the League, Cup or Champions League.
At yesterday's press conference in Valdebebas, Ancelotti insisted that he wants to stay for one more season and that he does not contemplate not winning any of the three titles at stake. He sees the Champions League closer, from which five games separate him. “The data shows that we have a disadvantage in the Cup and in the League and where we don't have it is in the Champions League. Everything can happen. We want to reduce the disadvantage in the League, ”he said.
For tonight's appointment, the Italian has recovered Benzema after the blow that made him leave the game against Liverpool with a limp. Ancelotti is confident in the good timing of Vinícius, who knows that he will have to deal with Araújo. For a moment he joked about putting the Brazilian on the right: “The truth is that Vinícius has had more difficulty with Araújo, but Vinícius is always Vinícius. His mobility can help him get the most out of it. And we can put it on the right... No, just kidding. But mobility is important. He will play on the left, but with more mobility ”.
And he clarifies: “We will play offensively, but without taking risks. Both technically and tactically we have improved a lot, especially at the back. But I also see a very solid Barça, which fits in very little, with an important collective commitment. The rival is a lion, not a cat. If you think it's a cat, you think it's a party, and it won't be a party, ”he said suspiciously.