Carlo Ancelotti gives injury update on four Real Madrid players ahead of second leg vs Man City
The Real Madrid manager admitted he will feel worried ahead of the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.
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The side from the Spanish capital had four doubts in the build-up to the game with David Alaba, Rodrygo and Karim Benzema sitting out last weekend’s win over Getafe with knocks. Meanwhile, Eduardo Camavinga was replaced in the latter stages of Saturday’s win due to injury.
All four were named in the travelling squad and, speaking ahead of the game, Ancelotti revealed the quartet are fit for the encounter, while the ex-Chelsea and Everton boss clarified comments he made at the weekend which seemed to imply Antonio Rudiger will start at the Etihad.
“I think there was a misunderstanding,” said Ancelotti. “I thought you were talking about Rodrygo, not Rudiger. I said he might play. I’m sorry for any misunderstanding. He [Rodrygo] wasn’t on bench against Getafe. I genuinely thought you were talking about Rodrygo.
“I’m fortunate enough to have all the players available. Camavinga is available. It is a problem and increases the difficulty but you can be assured that I have a clear plan and know what I want to do. I have the line-up in my head.”
The usually cool Italian also revealed ahead of game that he will feel before the semi-final second leg, with the score level at 1-1 after the first meeting last week. “Today I am very calm and full of hope,” he said. “Tomorrow I know what it’s like, that’s when the worries come and you think things through, if Haaland’s going to score or if Kevin De Bruyne will hurt you.
“But I focus on my team on Benzema and Vinicius [Junior]. We are very happy to be here and it’s a usual event for Real Madrid. Eleven out of 11 out 13 years in a semi-final, it’s not easy. We enjoy it while we’re here. The thoughts come tomorrow.”