MADRID, 19 May. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The coach of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, confessed this Thursday that he was "happy" to be able to play in the Champions League final, "the most important game in world football", and to be "in the place where many would like to be", at the same time who assured that Gareth Bale "has written important pages in the club's history" and avoided commenting on the possible signing of Kylian Mbappé.
"We must not forget the happiness of playing this game, it is normal to feel worried or anxious, but today we are very happy, we enjoyed it a lot. I have no worries, I am happy to have time to prepare for the game and be on the spot where many would like to be, the most important game in world football. There is no anxiety yet, after the game there will be happiness or a little sadness", analyzed Ancelotti in the press conference prior to the match against Betis this Friday (9:00 p.m.) .
The Italian pointed out that the feelings of the squad "are good" when there are only two games left to close a "very nice" season. "Everything in the league has gone well, we have to finish well. The goal is to have good dynamics, intensity, which will help us for the final", he explained.
Thus, he expects a "good, entertaining game" against Betis on the last day of LaLiga Santander, praising the "quality football" of the Verdiblancos. "I would like to make the hall for Betis, they have won a Cup that is very important in Spain," he said.
"The match has to be competitive, with intensity, after winning the League we have competed, and tomorrow we want the same thing. Players who did not play against Cádiz will have more minutes," he said, before confirming that he does not focus on footballer farewells who have just contracted this course. "Everyone is focused on the match on the 28th, including those who are out of contract. Almost the entire squad is ready, I have to carefully assess the players who need more minutes to be ready for the 28th," he added.
The Welshman Gareth Bale is one of those players who will not continue at Real Madrid next season, and this Friday he could play his last minutes at the Santiago Bernabéu. "It is not important whether he plays or not, it is important that Bale has been part of the history of this club. He remains in the memory of all the fans, he has been important in the Cup, the Champions League in kyiv, he has written important pages of this club and it is normal that everyone recognizes him", he praised, although he did not confirm if he will be on the list.
Another very recurring theme in Ancelotti's appearance, which announced Alaba's withdrawal to face Betis, was the possible signing of Frenchman Kylian Mbappé for the white club, but the Italian insisted that it is not an issue that he currently considers. "I do not consider the Mbappé issue, the only issue I have in mind is the Champions League final. And I am very calm.", He asserted forcefully.
"They don't ask me anything about Mbappé, I spend my time in Valdebebas, my car and at home. Sometimes in a restaurant, but nobody asks me about that, everyone asks me about the final, all the fans are focused on the final of the Champions League. Today Real Madrid is excited about the final, for nothing else, we all think of the same thing: winning the 14th", he said.
Thus, Ancelotti stressed that his concern is to prepare the Champions League final "to the fullest", with the "maximum motivation and enthusiasm". "Everything that happens around us and what is talked about does not affect us at all, we are very focused," he pointed out again on the subject Mbappé.
"Liverpool have more difficulty than us, because they are preparing important games, but then we have the same time to prepare for the final. They have won the FA Cup, we have won the League. We have had the opportunity to think more about this game, but that it's not going to affect the team. Because we don't think about the game, we'll think from Monday, but everything is ready", settled a confident Ancelotti, who revealed that his only "doubt" about the eleven is "whether the players will be more important who start the game or those who finish it".