Ancelotti ‘preparing well’ for CL final

Carlo Ancelotti has urged his Real Madrid side to ‘keep going’ as they prepare for next weekend’s Champions League final.

Los Blancos face Atletico Madrid in Lisbon on May 24, but first they must play Espanyol in their final League game on Saturday.

“The only thing that interests us is continuing what we have been doing during the past week – and maintaining the good atmosphere amongst the players,” he told a Press conference.

“Our preparations have been going well, the players are showing the intensity they need and we have to carry that through into next week.

“It will be interesting to see how the game [at Camp Nou] turns out and I’m sure whoever deserves to win will win.

“We need to remain relaxed so that we can continue to train well and also prepare ourselves for the final.

“It’s been a good week because we have practically recovered all of our injured players – we have to continue as we have been doing.”

The Italian tactician was then asked to give his first season in the capital a mark out of 10, and rubbished reports on a move back to Milan.

“I’ve read about that, and it’s not true. I have a great friendship with [Adriano] Galliani and we’re in touch a lot it’s a personal relationship, nothing more.

“My future is quite clear. I am staying here

“I don’t like given myself marks. I have my own personal opinion. We’ll wait until after the Champions League final in Lisbon – a night everyone is waiting for.

“After that, I will assess how the season has gone although I don’t like talking about my work. My priorities are the club, the players and then the press – in that order.”

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