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Ancelotti: I was surprised Barça lost 1-0, but this won’t affect their Copa performance

by Tom Conn | Posted on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti was surprised that Barcelona had lost 1-0 to Granada earlier in the evening, while insisting that it will not affect their Copa del Rey final performance on Wednesday.

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In his post-match press conference, Ancelotti spoke about his side’s 4-0 win over Almeria and leapfrogging the Blaugrana to move to second in La Liga.

“Barça can still win La Liga because there are many surprises left.  They will fight until the end.  This won’t affect their performance on Wednesday.  I’m surprised they lost because they have more quality than Granada.  Now, all the teams are playing for something and it’s dangerous.

“We played a good game.  Good football.  The goal was to win because there is very little left in the season.  We have to win and then do the math.  It’s a very, very dangerous league because every game is difficult.

“In our heads, we aren’t thinking about how things will look for the final game.  We have very important games ahead of us and we’re not thinking about anything else.”
Ancelotti concluded by stating why he acknowledged the fans, before going on to praise his players.

“I thanked the Fondo Sur because they’re a group that is helping the team a lot.  The atmosphere was great.  They helped a lot.  The crowd helps and is a very important part of winning these games.

“I think Ramos can play on Wednesday.  He had a neck problem, but it’ll be fixed in the coming days.

“Today, I don’t know how many injured players will play on Wednesday.  Xabi will be back because he was banned.  Cristiano is in treatment and we’ll have to wait and see.  I don’t Marcelo will make it to the Copa final.

“No one can replace Cristiano.  We have to find other solutions.

“I didn’t speak with Di Maria.  He missed a penalty (against Dortmund).  He didn’t play a good game against Dortmund but has responded well today.  He did very well.”

Ancelotti concluded by discussing the La Liga break.

“It’ll serve well to have a two week break from La Liga.  Now we’ll have time to prepare for the Copa del Rey final and the semi-finals of the Champions League.”

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