MADRID – Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said during a press conference that Los Blancos are “not obsessed with Atletico” on the eve of Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinals first leg against Atletico Madrid, given Real Madrid’s failure to defeat Atletico in all six standoffs in the current season.
The Italian manager emphasized that previous losses to Atletico are in the past, stressing at the same time the importance of his team’s qualification to the next stage of the European competition.
Expressing his hope to win the 11th Champions League trophy for Real Madrid, the club’s official website quoted Ancelotti as saying, “we’re up for the quarterfinals, which could take us to the semifinals and are close to the final. In the final you can win or lose. Our objective isn’t to beat Atletico, but to dream of winning La Undécima.”
“It’s a very evenly-matched tie. We have a 50% chance. That doesn’t change the attitude, mentality and idea that we have, which is to play to make the most of the quality of the players that we have,” explained the Real manager, who does not consider his future with the Merengues as dependent on the match’s outcome, but as though is just another “part of the season.”
Regarding the Argentine Atleti manager, Diego Simeone, Ancelotti said that, “he’s a great coach; he has shown that in every aspect; he’s one of the best in the world. I really like him. Facing him is an honor and a problem too.”
Ancelotti also highlighted that all players are at his disposal, including Welsh forward Gareth Bale, who recovered from a left foot injury, and they will be ready for the match reminiscent of last year’s Champions League final against Atletico.
It was an “unforgettable memory that allowed us to win this cup,” he added, feeling confident that team is focused on the present, and is dreaming of winning the trophy for the second consecutive year.