Carlo Ancelotti insists Real Madrid will not be looking for revenge when they travel to Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday.
Los Blancos were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by their arch-rivals at the round-of-16 stage last month, but the Italian holds no grudges with his side’s next opponents and is instead relishing the derby occasion.
“For this game there are many things to consider. We did well against them in the Copa [del Rey]. This is an important moment in the season and a derby,” the Coach told assembled journalists.
“All of this creates desire [on our part] and big expectation. Our preparations have gone well and we have confidence in ourselves. I’m convinced we’ll do well.
“As always, we must remain focused and avoid mistakes. We must be brave, give our best, show our quality and play with speed so we can play as we want.
“I have nothing personal against Atletico. I just work for my team. We have very good memories of our matches against them. [The 2014 Champions League final] was probably the best memory of my career.
“I’m only thinking about who they’ll play, not who won’t play. Their squad’s very competitive and they’ll show that [on Saturday].
“We aren’t afraid. We did well in the first leg [against them in the Copa last 16], especially at the back. They’re one of the best teams [in the world] defensively.
“We’re aware of this and will find a way to unlock them. Our intention is to win. Only three things can happen: win, draw or lose, no more than that.
“In football there are many cycles. Comparing teams [between cycles] is difficult. You have to enjoy [today’s] players and play football which can move people, especially Madrid fans.”