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Real Madrid are ready for Sevilla challenge, says coach Ancelotti

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Madrid, April 16 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti brushed off questions about his side’s strategy ahead of their important La Liga visit to Sevilla on Sunday.

Madrid look to have a comfortable 12-point lead over Sevilla and second-placed FC Barcelona with just seven matches left this season, but a defeat in Seville could open the door for their rivals – especially Barcelona, who have a game in hand.

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A win in Seville, however, would be a huge boost to Real Madrid, carrying them through one of the most difficult hurdles before the end of the campaign.

Ancelotti said his side had recovered after needing extra-time to get past Chelsea in their Champions League quarterfinal.

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“Physically we’re fine and we want to play an energetic game, which is what we’ll need. We’ve had enough time to recover,” said Ancelotti.

“It will be a challenge, but we are prepared both physically and mentally. The end of the season is approaching and each game is very important,” said the coach, whose team will play without left-backs Marcelo and Ferland Mendy on Sunday, which means either Nacho or David Alaba will play on that side of the defense.

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Ancelotti was asked about criticism of his side’s football after Tuesday night when Karim Benzema’s injury-time goal narrowly brought Real Madrid into the Champions League semifinals 5-4 on aggregate after the team fell 3-0 behind to Chelsea, reports Xinhua.

“Football is about attacking and defending. And a team plays well when it is able to attack and defend well, be it with a low, medium or high pressure,” commented the coach.

“We need to win [in Seville] and to get the points because we haven’t won La Liga yet. Every game can be a trap. We know very well everything that is at stake for Sevilla, who are also alive in the fight for the title and want to finish in the top four,” concluded Ancelotti.



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