Monday, October 28, 2013

Ancelotti drops striker hint, Pique struggles ahead of Clasico

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he has made his mind up who will lead his side's attack when they take on bitter rivals FC Barcelona in the first 'Clasico' of the season in the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday night.Speaking in the wake of Wednesday's hard-fought Champions League victory 2-1 at home to Juventus, which came thanks to two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Ancelotti praised Karim Benzema.Benzema returned to the starting 11 ahead of Alvaro Morata and although he missed an easy second half chance to assure the win, the coach was pleased with the workrate shown by the sometimes languid Frenchman."I know which striker will play in Barcelona," said Ancelotti.Buy High quality Coach Grade Sunglasses, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more. "I asked Benzema to work hard to close down Andrea Pirlo and he did that job very well. While it is true that he didn't score he worked very well and I am satisfied with him," he continued.One surprise was that young defender Rafael Varene was left out of the side with Pepe and Sergio Ramos in the starting 11, but Ancelotti is happy with the central defense as it currently is. 

"Varene being substitute is not for no reason. I think he is looking good, but we have three central defenders and at the moment Pepe and Ramos are playing well," he said.Wednesday night saw Gareth Bale continue his recovery with another substitute appearance in the second half of the game and Ancelotti was content with the way the record signing is progressing.Sexy Lingerie Factorywelcome to high quality oakley Grade AAA sunglasses,Free shipping‎!"He likes to play in the right and that is what he will do," advised the Madrid coach. "He came into the game when there was not a lot of intensity in the game and the general play of the team will allow him to play better. Meanwhile he is in better physical shape," advised Ancelotti.Best Dsquared Long T-Shirts Meanwhile with two days to goal head of the big game, FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino has a couple of physical worries. Midfielder,Buy cheap Grade AAA MICHAEL KORS Handbags, Custom Fit Stripe Shirt and more. Jonathan Dos Santos is certain to miss the game and could be out of action for several weeks after damaging the cruciate ligament in his knee. The young Mexican will undergo tests this Thursday to discover the full extent of the injury.Dos Santos would have been substitute at best in the game, but Gerard Pique is a fixture in the Barca starting 11 when fit and he is a bigger worry for Martino.Pique missed training with a slight pelvic problem which he sustained during Barca's 1-1 draw away to Milan on Tuesday and is a doubt for the game. Pique had missed Saturday's 0-0 draw away to Osasuna with a physical problem and Barca would miss his height and power in the air should be not be able to play.The good news for Barca is that Carles Puyol could play after 90 minutes action in Pamplona last weekend.

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