Ancelotti happy with goalkeepers

Carlo Ancelotti believes Real Madrid can continue to have both Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas on their books.

Lopez takes the gloves for League games while Casillas is usually called on for the Cup, with both players getting games in the Champions League.

At a Press conference prior to Madrid’s trip to Getafe, Ancelotti was asked if the situation was tenable. The Italian answered in the affirmative.

“At Milan I rotated the goalies because of the injury to [Christian] Abbiati,” Ancelotti explained.

“Dida was a good substitute and kept the position in the end.

“Here it is very different and I have explained that. I allocate minutes of play between them and I think it keeps them both motivated.

“They are doing very well and I hope they'll continue to do so.”

Casillas is likely to start in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona but Ancelotti isn’t ready to think about the showpiece yet.

“I am not worrying about the cup final right now,” he said.

“The best way to get ready for a cup final is to have one intensive week of work. But we're used to playing every three days, anyway.”

Ancelotti was a little more concerned at facing Getafe, revealing he wanted physicality and mental strength from his players, adding Madrid don’t have any injury concerns.

“Tomorrow we'll be looking to have a side with a lot of power and concentration,” Ancelotti said.

“Physically, the team is fine.”

Los Blancos are though without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is again suspended.

“He has the day off today, and tomorrow and Monday. it seems very odd to be getting ready for a game without him,” Ancelotti said of the Ballon d’Or winner.

Ronaldo was available for the Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg win over Atletico Madrid and was struck by a lighter as he left the pitch at half-time.

Ancelotti was reluctant to get involved in the incident.

“I'm not going to talk about the lighter,” he said.

“But I will talk about Cristiano's suspension. It is unusual to be suspended for three games and we are hoping for a reduction.”

Ancelotti also discussed the status of Isco, who, after a strong start to the season, has fallen out of favour following a shift in formation.

“Isco is not included for tactical reasons,” Ancelotti confirmed.

“He played very well against Atleti, and he can also play in midfield although his ideal position is playing a more attacking role and there are less opportunities for him in that position.

“He is a player for the future, but I haven't forgotten that he scored a number of goals at the start of the season.”

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