Ancelotti confirms Benzema withdrawal and responds to Barca scandal

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After a good performance against Elche (4-0) which brought Real Madrid eight points behind Barça, the merengue club will face Osasuna this Saturday evening. Carlo Ancelotti, on the eve of the meeting, appeared at a press conference. The opportunity to give news of his group and in particular of Karim Benzema who will be forfeited, while evoking the controversy of Barça with the referees which has been agitating Spain for two days. Selected pieces.

On the state of the group

“Karim is a bit tired and we hope he will be here by Tuesday. Kroos is recovering from the flu and will also be absent tomorrow. »

On Karim Benzema

“After the World Cup, he played very well. He scored in almost every game. And he’s not injured: we just prefer, because of his age, to let him rest. And may he be good for the rest of the season. If he would have played if Liverpool were tomorrow? No, because we don’t want to take any risks. He is a little tired, like many players, it’s true. But he’s coming back from injury, it’s different. We prefer not to take risks. »

On Barca business

“I am focused on the matches, nothing more. That people doubt the competition? It wouldn’t be good. Sport should always be clean. And for that, we all have to work together. About the ‘Barçagate’, I have nothing to comment. »

The nugget Alvaro Rodriguez launched?

” He is fine. He was at the U20 South American Cup and that’s why he didn’t take part in the last call-ups, but tomorrow he will. He gives us a profile that we don’t have: tall and corpulent. »

On the gap with Barça

‘The objective is to get to 5 points at the moment. The calendar is demanding, with important matches and we want to keep the good feeling. We are good, but we can still improve. »

To sum up

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach, spoke at a press conference, in particular on the Benzema case and the latest Barça controversy. On the eve of the trip to Osasuna, the Italian technician spoke this Friday.