Many rumors crossed the corridors of Valdebebas today regarding Cristiano Ronaldo and the possibility of his return this weekend.
Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, spoke today on a press conference and gave end to all the rumors confirming himself that Cristiano is not gonna play this weekend.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is not comfortable, was not feeling well and so we decided not to play .” With these words, Carlo Ancelotti end the suspense for tomorrow’s game.
The Portuguese striker had told the Italian coach last Thursday he was able to play, but the last training session the medical exams weren’t as satisfactory as both expected.
Nevertheless, “We did an ultrasound and Cristiano has recovered from his injury, but he’s not well and I decided to make him rest and have 15 days off, so he can be on top,” Ancelotti said.
The Italian has never hidden his fondness for the Portuguese player, but said he has never considered naming him captain: “I have never suggested that Cristiano is the team captain, Casillas is the captain.”
Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Di Maria, will take his place on saturday, as Ancelotti reported himself. He has made clear that the team will play against Valladolid on this new plan: “We have fresh players like Modric and Xabi Alonso who are going to play. Di Maria will take Cristiano’s place tomorrow.”
This gives a clear idea that the midfield and attack will be composed in Madrid by : Xabi, Modric, Bale, Di Maria, Benzema, and Isco.
Jesse will stay on the bench tomorrow, who started against Galatasaray, but he had to leave the game after Ramos got a red card.
Ancelotti explained why he apointed Jesse and not Morata : “I like both , Jesse and Morata. They are doing very well. Jesse played on the tecnical plan I requested for that game, I wanted a striker to returned to the midfield. Morata doesn’t work on that plan and Jesee has more quality to play there.”
Ancelotti also wanted to clear the gossip that started after Sergio Ramos got a red card against Galatasaray: “I have no problems with Sergio Ramos and Sergio Ramos and has no problems with me. It was just a tactical chat about positioning . He just had an error in the field, which is normal. Ramos is a very important player for this team . I see he’s improving and it’s going to play well.”
The Italian manager also express that he does not want to hear about a possible departure of Sergio Ramos, which could be assessed by Florentino at 60 million price, as reported this past week at Spanish press, “I would not give this approval to sell Sergio Ramos, because he is one of the best defenders in the world. Everyone knows the importance of Sergio Ramos on the team. The president’s relationship with all the players is good.”
Ancelotti expects Real Madrid to continue the great level shown against Galatasaray tomorrow against Valladolid. He expects the good dynamic shown in recent games: “I’m happy with the game we are doing, … All players understand me when I take decisions . We are in a good moment, and we have to go on and improve as much as possible.”
Barcelona and their recent defeat crossed by Ancelotti’s conference as well. Ancelotti seems to have only one focus and that one is his team: “Just think of our work, we do not think about anything else. To discuss the problem of Barcelona is not so easy , because in La Liga they have won 13 of 14 games . I do not think the problem is so serious in Barca.”