Ancelotti back Madrid to lift major trophy

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Carlo Ancelotti believes that Real Madrid can win a major trophy this season.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has backed his side to lift a major trophy this season.

Madrid are chasing three competitions, going into Sunday’s LaLiga Clasico nine points behind leaders Barcelona, preparing to face Chelsea in the Champions League quarterfinals and hoping to turn around a 1-0 first-leg deficit in their Copa del Rey semifinal with Barca.

“It’s an evaluation that the club has to make, not me,” Ancelotti said in a news conference on Saturday, when asked if he deserved the chance to continue as Madrid coach. “I’ve said many times that I’d stay here for life, but I think that’s impossible. It’s a decision the club will take at the end of the season, whatever happens.”

One journalist suggested that Madrid’s high standards demanded winning either LaLiga, the Copa del Rey or the Champions League — having already landed the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup this season — to keep his job.

“Rules change!” Ancelotti said. “And unwritten rules too. But I’m convinced that we’ll win something this season, so that’s that.”

Sunday’s Clasico is the second of three meetings in 34 days between Madrid and Barca. The Catalan club came out on top in the Copa first leg at the Bernabeu.

“It’s difficult to say what game we’ll get [on Sunday],” Ancelotti added. “Barcelona defended a lot in that game, because they went ahead. This game will be different depending if we score early, or they do… Tomorrow we’ll play attacking football, without taking risks.”


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