He tried to play down the importance of the absence of Karim Benzema in the classic Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid’s Italian coach, who assured that he is not “concerned” about the loss of the French because “he will be very important at the end of the season” for the team in the fight for LaLiga and the Champions League.
“Karim and Mendy cannot play tomorrow and they will stay here next week to work with us,” Ancelotti confirmed at a press conference.
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“Karim is 34 years old and sometimes it can happen, very minor annoyances that he recovers from very quickly and when he’s back he’s made the difference. We have two weeks to work with him and when he comes back he’ll make the difference like before. I’m not worried that he won’t play tomorrow because I will be at the end of the season being very important”, he added.
The Madrid coach assured that he has not risked the physique of his players at any time, nor with Benzema in Paris or with Toni Kroos in the round of 16 of the ‘Champions’ against Paris Saint-Germain.
“We are not going to take risks, we have never taken risks, nor did we do it in the Paris game because Karim could play, but this Sunday he cannot because he has not trained. He still feels a little discomfort. It is a small injury but it does not allow him to train or play,” he explained.
“We can do well without Benzema who is obviously a very important part of this team, he finishes everyone’s work very well. Without him we have to keep up the same work and look for different solutions in attack”, he stated before admitting that he has decided on the substitute but that he will not reveal it until an hour before the game.
The Real Madrid coach ruled out that the small muscular injuries that Benzema has suffered this season are the result of the load of games or caused by his return to the French team.
“We will have to evaluate Benzema’s future but for this season he has played just enough, his absence has not affected the team. injured has taken advantage of those periods to rest and then make a difference. He has been injured in fair periods of the season, now he stays, trains well with us and will return fresher, “he said.
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