Although Real Madrid have little to do with any of the UEFA Champions League finalists to plan for, Carlo Ancelotti should first see his team in their last LaLiga game of the season.
Real Madrid will host Real Betis on Friday night at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and Carlo Ancelotti will hope his players avoid any unnecessary injury ahead of their trip to Liverpool in Paris.
Looking beyond the Real Betis game, Carlo Ancelotti already knows how to make his team stand out in the finals.
“I have no doubt about the XI that will start in Paris,” Carlo Ancelotti said when asked how he would put his team in the final, which is a week away.
“My doubts are who will play the most important role, they are the ones who are starting or finishing the game.”
With the title wrapped up since April, Real Madrid has managed to take things in stride. Liverpool, on the other hand, will decide the Premier League on the final day of the season.
“It’s true that they are still fighting for the league title,” Carlo Ancelotti replied when asked what position he preferred.
“We had a lot of time to think about this game. But we haven’t thought about it yet and we won’t be here until Monday.
“But everything is ready.
“Real Madrid fans are excited about the Champions League final and we want to win it for the 14th. Nothing more.”
In the game against Betis, Ancelotti did not give much of his XI, leaving his words very open to translation.
“I’m thinking of giving minutes to the players who need it,” said Ancelotti.
“[David] Alaba will train with the rest of the team from Monday onwards.”
Will Gareth Bale play against Betis?
As before, the Italian midfielder is also facing questions about Gareth Bale, given this week’s game and his future.
“Bale has trained but he is not 100%,” Ancelotti said.
“We will see if he can put on the bench, but tomorrow I will have to leave two on the field.
“He may make a bench, but he will not.
His contract has expired, whether he plays tomorrow or not doesn’t matter. You are part of the club’s history, and you will always be part of the club’s history.
“Bale has been a key player in the Champions League final, the Copa del Rey final. It’s good for everyone to see that.”