Fri 24 February 2023 | 13:36

Ancelotti tips Real Madrid to overturn Barcelona’s lead in La Liga

Practically reserving a place in the Champions League last eight with an away 5-2 victory over Liverpool, Ancelotti tips Real Madrid to overcome their eight-point difference to Barcelona and win La Liga.

Real Madrid has also qualified for the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, however, dropping points in five of their last 11 league games made them fall 8 points behind the league leaders Barcelona in the La Liga table. Speaking ahead of Saturday's Madrid derby, Ancelotti is confident the Los Blancos can overturn Barcelona's La Liga advantage.

"We're going to try to win every competition. We're second in the league, so that won't be easy,"

he said, later adding:

"No, I am not happy with the season [so far].

"I would rather be eight points clear and have won the Supercopa de Espana, and a 5-0 result at Anfield would have been better than 5-2, but still, we're doing very well... Hopefully we can recover those lost points [in the league]."

Hailing Vinicius, who scored twice at Anfield in midweek, Ancelotti added: "

He works hard, looks after himself, and it is so important that he can keep playing at this level and avoid injuries.

"What Vinicius shows on the field is what he always tries in training. He has improved a lot in his finishing because he has trained a lot. After training, Vinicius spends 10 to 15 minutes to improve his shooting.

"The challenge ahead is continuity. Trying for 90 minutes, that's what's difficult."

Revealing Aurelien Tchouameni and Toni Kroos will be available against Atletico, the Italian coach confirmed Nacho will start at left-back on Saturday.


I see Nacho every day and there has been a time when he was not happy,"

he said. "

He has not complained to me, and he has continued to suffer the period that he has not played. He has been a professional, and at the moment I always needed him, he has complied.

"I have a weakness which is that [I have to make sure] Madrid is happy... and that only happens if we win. I feel sorry for my players because I am very fond of them. I just want Real Madrid to be satisfied




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