Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that his team is ready to face Shakhtar Donetsk, tomorrow, Wednesday, in the third round of the group stage of the Champions League.
“The match is important to continue to lead the group,” Ancelotti said during the press conference. “We are well prepared. We did not play a good match last Sunday in La Liga.”
“We want to show our potential again, Shakhtar is a dangerous opponent, which we respect to the fullest.”
“Vazquez is back, Courtois and Dani Ceballos will not be present, and there are doubts about Luka Modric’s participation in tomorrow’s meeting.”
He added, “Hazard’s lack of participation? Every player knows his position. I explained to every player what is happening, and he has a lot of competition in his position, and some players play less.”
On the criticism of Benzema, he explained, “When he does not play at his usual level, he is criticized and this is normal, these things do not affect us, Real Madrid is the team that cares about small details.”
He noted, “I always want to win the Champions League, La Liga is an important tournament, but the Champions League is the most important competition in football. Sometimes talking about luck or lack of it can hide the problems you have or the advantage of the opponent.”
On Courtois’ position, he revealed, “I think he is much better. There are doubts about his catching up against Getafe, but next week he will be ready for the second leg against Shakhtar, and certainly the Clasico.”