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Real Madrid Will Not Underestimate Chelsea: Coach Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti stated on Monday Real Madrid won’t under-estimate Chelsea within the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final and dismissed Thomas Tuchel’s suggestion the tie is over. After Madrid’s 3-1 victory towards the defending champions at Stamford Bridge final week, a livid Tuchel stated “no, not for the time being” when requested if the tie was nonetheless alive, though the German was extra optimistic on Monday.

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But Ancelotti insisted Madrid might be taking nothing with no consideration on the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday towards his former membership as they attempt to end the job and attain the semi-finals.

“Chelsea are right here to deliver the combat to us. It might be powerful for them after all however they are going to strive. Good groups by no means hand over,” Ancelotti stated in a press convention.

Chelsea delivered the right response final weekend by thrashing Southampton 6-Zero within the Premier League and may take encouragement from Barcelona thrashing Madrid 4-Zero solely three weeks in the past.

“I do know my gamers very properly,” said Ancelotti. “They are well aware of what happened a few weeks ago (against Barca) and what is required tomorrow. We won’t be under-estimating anyone. This is a great opportunity to reach the semis but Chelsea are a very good team. We have to respect them.”

“It’s the one means we will put together for this sport, pondering that Chelsea might be higher tomorrow and be prepared. There is not any different means. We are prepared. We know we must undergo and we’re able to undergo,” Ancelotti added.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro stated he thought they delivered their “greatest 90 minutes of our season” towards Chelsea within the first leg. “But we will’t afford to be over-confident,” he added.

Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid was thrown into doubt after the Clasico humiliation however three wins in a row since, together with the victory over Chelsea, has eased the strain. Real Madrid are 12 factors clear on the high of La Liga.

Asked if he expects nonetheless to be coach subsequent season, Ancelotti stated: “I hope so. I’ve a comparatively lengthy contract (till 2024) however that’s not what I’m enthusiastic about proper now. If the membership are pleased with me, nice. If not, I’ll be glad about the chance I bought to handle Real Madrid once more.”

‘MODERN STRIKER’

Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick towards Chelsea final week, with the Frenchman now on 42 targets in 42 video games this season.

His scintillating kind is available in stark distinction to Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, who value the membership 115 million euros ($125 million) final summer season however has fallen out of favour underneath Tuchel.

“Karim needs to be a contemporary striker,” Ancelotti stated. “In the previous days strikers would cling across the field and simply faucet the ball in after they may. Now they must do extra.

“Modern strikers don’t simply rating the tap-ins. They must defend. They must combat. In my opinion Karim is the mannequin fashionable striker.”

Asked if Madrid rely too closely on Benzema, Ancelotti stated: “I’ve nothing to cover. We depend on him and I’m completely satisfied about that.”

Casemiro stated Benzema is an “historic participant for the membership” and “maybe proper now crucial participant we now have”.

Casemiro additionally leapt to the defence of Gareth Bale, who was whistled by a piece of the Real Madrid followers on Saturday as he got here off the bench towards Getafe to make his first look on the Santiago Bernabeu since February 2020.

“We’re all affected when one participant is whistled,” stated Casemiro. “I heard Bale being whistled the opposite day and I didn’t like that. He’s an historic participant and whenever you whistle him, you’re whistling the historical past of this membership.”

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