Carlo Ancelotti has described his Real Madrid squad as the ‘best in the world’ ahead of the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos were dealt a blow with injuries to both Luka Modric and Gareth Bale in the weekend win over Malaga, yet the Italian insists he is not unduly concerned and insists he has the players to cover their absence for the quarter-final second-leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Modric and Bale are both important players so it’s hard to say who will be missed more, but the main thing now is to think positively and about who will replace them,” the Italian told Corrierre dello Sport.
“We are the best squad in the world and our club’s badge reminds us of that every day we train together. Excluding the injured players, the team is doing very well and I was encouraged by our performance in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon.
“This will be a difficult game but we are all confident that we can reach the semi-finals. However, the most important thing is to relax in the hours leading up to the game, so if I have to say one thing to the players then that is it – relax.
“All our fans know it is a massive game and I’m sure they’ll support us from the first to the last.