NEWS
Wednesday March 12 2014
Ancelotti targets CL final

Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti has said he is aware of the importance of La Decima but wants to focus on getting to the Champions League final first.

Madrid have been searching for their 10th European Cup for more than a decade now and Ancelotti told a French radio station that getting to the final is the aim for this season.

“The history of Real Madrid is important, but in spite of this, the club has not played in a final since 2002,” Marca quotes Ancelotti as telling RMC.

“That was a long time ago, so the objective right now is to reach the final.

“[Bayern Munich] are the team to beat at the moment and pose the most danger.”

Ancelotti was also asked about Karim Benzema and spoke in positive terms regarding the France international, although he did pinpoint what he sees as a flaw in the striker’s game.

“He can get better, especially in terms of showing more character on the pitch as he's too timid,” Ancelotti argued.

The subject of Benzema’s compatriot, Raphael Varane, was raised, and Ancelotti was glowing about the defender and another young France international, Paul Pogba.

“[Varane] has all the qualities to become the best defender in the world,” Ancelotti said.

“[Pogba] is a player with a bright future. He's one of the best young midfielders around at the moment.”

Ancelotti added that he is happy with the squad he has available and praised the youngsters within it for rising to the challenge of being at Santiago Bernabeu.

“We have several great players in all positions,” Ancelotti said.

“[The young players] are ready to play for Real Madrid, which is not easy because it requires a lot of responsibility.”

Football Italia website