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Ancelotti talks Rodrygo, Camavinga, Mendy, Casemiro ahead of Manchester City clash

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With La Liga a point away, Real Madrid are looking towards the Champions League to add further silver depth to their season. However, for a shot at the UCL, they will have to overcome one of the best sides in Europe – Manchester City.

The first of the two legs is set to take place at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow. Madrid will be hoping to take a leade similar to the one against Chelsea for any chance of reaching the finals.

Ahead of the semi-finals, Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media as part of his routine pre-game press conference. Madrid Universal follows all the quotes quote in this thread.

On the game: “Tomorrow we will fight to be in the final.”

“It will be an open match. We are happy that we are three games away from winning the title. We will face a strong team so my feelings are mixed.”

On Ferland Mendy: “Mendy is dine. We have doubts about Alaba and Casemiro. We will know soon if they will play or not.”

On lineup changes: “The doubt tomorrow is whether we start with Camavinga or Rodrygo.”

On La Liga: “We are not thinking about what might happen on Saturday. La Liga is much closer. It can be won at home, we are very happy that we might able to win it a month before the end.”

On the players: “My players are professionals, they always study the opponent and how to play well against them. We are ready for tomorrow’s match. The players made my life very easy Real Madrid.”

On the semi-final matchups: “There are two teams in the semis that noone expected to be there: Real Madrid and Villarreal.”

“I remember what the press was saying at the beginning of the season and I always said we will fight until the end.”

“I would not say that reaching the semis is an achievement for Real Madrid. Our history always pushes us to be in the finals, the achievement would be reaching the final.”

On Madrid’s UCL experience: “The history that Real Madrid has in this tournament means a lot to us, more than it does to our competitors. This story, which has developed over all these years, helps the players to feel the weight of this shirt.”

On their defensive tactics: “The defence will have an important role in tomorrow’s game. When City has possession, you can’t just look at them, you have to take the ball from then and then take advantage of it.”

On his return: “Why did I return? Because they needed a coach [laughs]. It’s simple, it was a dream to come back. This is not my decision. Real Madrid had confidence in me and now I’m enjoying it.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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