Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that they will play offensively in their upcoming game against Barcelona in La Liga.
Real Madrid and Barcelona square off in a La Liga fixture in their upcoming game, the result of which could have a huge impact on the race for the league title. Barcelona currently sits at the top of the La Liga points table, while defending champions Real Madrid occupy the second spot.
Barcelona enjoys a nine-point lead over Real Madrid. The Catalan outfit could extend that to 12 points if they defeat Real Madrid in the upcoming match. A defeat would be a disastrous result for Real Madrid as it would see them fall further behind Barcelona in the race for the title.
A victory, on the hand, would see Real Madrid reduce the gap on Barcelona to six points and ramp up pressure on the Catalan outfit.
Carlo Ancelotti: Real Madrid going to play against a great team in an important match
Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s match against Barcelona, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he expects the game to pan out in a similar way the Copa del Rey semi-final first-leg clash between these two sides earlier this month did. Barcelona had played rather defensively as they beat Real Madrid 1-0 in that Copa del Rey game earlier this month.
Carlo Ancelotti said it is difficult to say how the game would pan out, but insisted that Real Madrid will play offensively against Barcelona.
“It’s very difficult to say what tomorrow’s game will be because each one has its own history. Barcelona defended a lot in the cup game, it’s true, but this one could be different depending on what happens. If we score, if they score,” Carlo Ancelotti said [via Madrid Universal]. “Tomorrow we will play offensively and without risk.”
Carlo Ancelotti also said Real Madrid must-see Barcelona as a lion and not as a cat. The Real Madrid manager said the upcoming El Clasico is an important game against a great team.
He said: “We have to see Barça as a lion, not as a cat. If we see them as a cat, it seems like we are going to a party. And no, we are going to play against a great team and it’s an important game.
“In these games, there’s always fear, of course, but it’s normal. It’s fear, nerves… For me, the two hours before the game are the worst.”