Ancelotti: “Hazard will start tomorrow, he deserves to play”

MADRID, Dec. 18 (.) –

The coach of Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, announced this Saturday that the Belgian Eden Hazard will start against Cádiz, because “he has trained well and deserves to play”, at the same time that he regretted the “setbacks” this week with the positive cases in coronavirus in the template.

“Hazard will start tomorrow, he is eager and motivated, he is going to play because he has trained well, he deserves to play, he is not going to play because there are casualties,” Ancelotti said this Saturday at the press conference prior to the match against Cádiz.

The Italian pointed out that he believes Hazard will make a “great game” this Sunday. “He has not changed mentally, when he can train at the level he is fine, the problem is that he has not been able to train 100%. He is prepared by what he has shown in training. The first part of the season was affected because Benzema and Vinicius have It was very good, and I preferred Rodrygo or Asensio, but Hazard has everything to make a useful second part of the season for us.

In addition, he has confirmed that, although he has not trained with the group for several days, Karim Benzema will have minutes this Sunday. “He has trained individually, but he has trained very well and is going to play,” he confirmed.

“WE HAVE NEVER THOUGHT OF POSTPONING THE MATCH”

On the other hand, he valued the “setbacks” of this last week with the positives in coronavirus in the workforce. “The positives are good and the team has trained well, they are ready for tomorrow’s game. We have to live with this unfortunately, we have never thought about postponing the game, we have a squad that can make up for the casualties. Football and society have We have to continue living with this virus, taking into account that we have to take care of ourselves with all the precautions we need, the club is very demanding with the measures, “he added.

“Modric has tested negative, but he is a little tired, he has had a fever. He will not play tomorrow’s game, we have to evaluate what the regulations say, we have to clarify this issue, it is still not clear,” he acknowledged about the possibility that the Croatian could be against Cádiz.

Against the Andalusians, the Italian is in favor of “not changing the identity” of the white team. “Cádiz probably has less quality, but it has a very clear identity. If we have to defend low we are going to do it. We have to emphasize that we have improved a lot in the defensive aspect, it is what we have improved the most,” he analyzed about the match of the Sunday.

“NOW BARCELONA IS NOT A DIRECT RIVAL”

“We have worked well and we have been lucky, sometimes luck helps you. We have not started so strong in the first half and that has helped us physically in the second half of the season. We evaluate the fatigue of the players and even now it has gone well for us, “he said about the Madridistas’ good form.

Asked about Barcelona’s losing streak so far this season, Ancelotti confessed that he does not consider the Blaugranas a direct rival. “Barcelona is not a direct rival now, but it has the quality to fight until the end. If I were Barcelona’s coach I would also say the same,” he said about the words of Xavi Hernández, assuring that they cannot be ruled out to win the League.

Finally, the Italian described as “regrettable” the draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League. “We will think about the tie later. It is difficult, but very exciting and interesting,” he concluded about the next game against PSG.

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