Sunday March 23 2014
Ancelotti ‘will attack’ in Clasico

Carlo Ancelotti has said his Real Madrid side will go on the front foot and take the game to Barcelona in tonight’s Clasico.

Madrid host Barca at Santiago Bernabeu this evening and would have a seven point lead over the champions if they came out on top.

Ancelotti told his pre-match Press conference that Madrid won’t play a cagey game.

“We’re very excited. We are going to try and do everything and play attacking football. We’ll attack and defend together,” Ancelotti said.

“In the first game we only played well for part of it. We’re going to need a solid 90 minutes this time.

“Both of these teams have players who can win matches on their own. The difference will be how hard each team works.

“It won’t come down to individual quality. The team that plays better will win the match.”

Ancelotti added that as this is only his second Clasico, he will look to the players for guidance on how to handle the big game.

“We’re going to prepare like we always do. I don’t need to say anything else to my players.

“They have more experience playing Barcelona than I do. We need to have a relaxed environment.”

Ancelotti was asked for his thoughts on the possible Barca line-up but replied he was only considering his side, not the opposition.

“I don’t care if they put in Pedro or Neymar, it doesn’t change anything for us. We know we have to play against a very strong team.

“Barcelona has a clear philosophy of how they want to play and that won’t change. But we will also seek to impose our philosophy.

“Midfield is a very important area. It’s where you can win the match. Barca’s midfielders have done well for some time but I believe the match will be won in midfield.

“We have to be careful about Lionel Messi and Neymar. It’s not about individuals but we have to work together to defend against them as a team.

“Cristiano [Ronaldo’s] form? He’s not in his best form of the season because he started the season in this form.

“He’s always the same, always at his best. He’s still playing at an incredible level.”

Football Italia website