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Carlo Ancelotti: "I'm sure Barça will be out to beat Atlético"

"I don’t see anything special about Luis Enrique's meeting with Barça. I think they talked about the future, not about our match against Celta Vigo."

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Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. | CHEMA DIAZ

Team condition: “Cristiano is fine, but a little tired. He only took part in a section of the training session. He’s available for Valladolid. [Dani] Carvajal is struggling and is unavailable, and [Gareth] Bale has a knock and is out.”

Barça-Atlético: “I’m sure Barça will be out to beat Atlético. We’ve had a surprising finish to the season, because Levante played a very good match against Atlético despite having nothing to play for. And Valencia, who also have nothing to play for, played a very good match against us. That’s good for the league. Every team is going to fight until the end and so are we.”

Luis Enrique, rival on Sunday: “I don’t think it’ll have any influence. These three games are down to us, and we have to win them. Tomorrow will be a vital game for us, because we know that we’re out of the title race if we don’t win. Against Valencia we lacked energy, but I think that’ll change tomorrow.”

Luis Enrique meeting with Barça sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta: “I don’t see anything special about it. Barça might be sounding out another coach. I think they talked about the future, not about the match against Real Madrid. In any case, we’ll talk about Celta on Saturday, not today.”

Valladolid: “It’s a cup final. It’s a crucial match for both teams. It won’t be easy playing against a team that is fighting against relegation.”

Nacho: “He hasn’t played much, but when he has he’s done very well and he can play anywhere across the back. He’s important today and he’ll be important in the future.”

Asier Illarramendi in the Champions League final: “He has the same characteristics as Xabi Alonso. He didn’t play well against Valencia but that doesn’t change anything in terms of the future. I’ll give him minutes between now and the end of the league season, although I don’t know about tomorrow. I have to see how [Luka] Modric is. [Sami] Khedira is available and can play part of the match against Valladolid. If he doesn’t play many minutes, on Thursday we’ll hold a little game for him and [Álvaro] Arbeloa.”

Third-party bonuses: “I don’t understand it. I think that players don’t need money to be professional. It isn’t as serious as paying someone to lose, but players don’t need a bonus to win.”

Madrid maturity: “The team looks good because we have players with a lot of experience of fighting for titles. The team has a lot of character. Against Valencia we lacked mental energy.”

Nine points from three games: “It’s the only option we have. At the moment Atlético have the advantage, because they’ll be champions if they get four points. Our aim is to win the three games and then see what happens.”

Karim's Benzema’s low goal return in April: “I’m not worried about it. He scored a very important goal in the first leg of the semi-final against Bayern Munich. We’ve scored more than 150 goals this season. Cristiano has scored a lot of goals because his team-mates have done very good work.”

Playing at a different time from Barça-Atlético: “I think Barça are going to give their all against Atlético. The last game is played at the same time in all competitions, and it’ll be the same this time.”

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