“Winning La Liga is the first thing, then we’ll think about Manchester City”
Ancelotti needs his team to get at least one point against Espanyol this Saturday to conquer the long-awaited league title.
The sooner the better. Ancelotti has it clear. One point will be enough for Real Madrid to become the new league champions and the Italian coach is clear about it: “It’s a very difficult title and we want to conquer it as soon as possible. If it’s this Saturday, much better. These days we have worked focusing on it”. Espanyol’s visit, therefore, will not be a formal match before Manchester City’s visit next Wednesday. What’s more, Ancelotti isn’t thinking about the Champions League yet: “If we win the league we’ll celebrate it as it deserves”. It has been said.
What Ancelotti did make clear is that he will be cautious with those players who are not at the highest level to avoid unexpected losses thinking about the second leg of the Champions League semifinals: “There are many things: medical evaluations, work of the physiotherapists… I have to take all this into account and then make the decisions.” Of course, the eleven that he puts in contention against Espanyol will be fully guaranteed and very much to the coach’s liking: “We have exceptional players and anyone who plays will show their level and the desire to lift this title.”