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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti looks ahead to Spanish Super Cup final

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media ahead of Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup final against Athletic Club on Sunday.

In this handout image released on January 15, 2022 by the Royal Spanish Football Federation - RFEF,  Athletic Bilbao's Spanish coach Marcelino Garcia Toral (L) and Real Madrid's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti pose next to the Spanish Super Cup tr

Carlo Ancelotti spoke in an online press conference at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh ahead of Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup final with Athletic Club on Sunday.

"We have to analyse the opposition. We know each other very well because we have played twice in a month. It's going to be a very hard-fought match, just like the previous encounters were. Our approach will be different to the semi-final because Athletic have different characteristics to Barcelona," Ancelotti said.

Facing Marcelino

"I know Marcelino very well. We have a good friendship and talk a lot. I feel a special connection with him and I think he's a good coach. The matches against his teams are tough because they are organised from the first minute to the last," he continued.

Making the Super Cup final

"I'm very happy to be experiencing this run, I'm very excited. Being back in a final again is special and even more so when it's being in charge of Real Madrid. This team is used to these types of games and these moments."

Carvajal tests positive

Madrid will be without right-back Dani Carvajal for Sunday's clash. The defender, who played in the semi-final win over Barcelona, has tested positive for covid-19.

"We are used to it happening in our family and our work environment. I feel sorry for Carvajal because he did very well in the semi-final. He's feeling fine physically, but he will have to wait."

Benzema's form

When asked about Karim Benzema, the Italian coach had the following to say: "He hasn't changed, he has kept his humility. He hasn't changed, what others see in him has changed. They see him as more of a leader. I think he is now seen differently than he was six years ago".


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