Carlo Ancelotti says he has the best possible squad to deal with the absences of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric in today’s UEFA Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.
Bale and Modric both pulled up with injuries in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Malaga and will miss the return leg of the quarter-final tie.
Benzema missed that victory after hurting a knee in the goalless first leg against Atletico and is also sidelined for the midweek game at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ancelotti is yet to decide who will replace the trio as Real target a first win over their local rivals since last season’s Champions League final – a run that was stretched to seven games after last week’s stalemate.
“We have solutions. I’m going to play the players who have confidence and are well physically,” Ancelotti said.
“We have to live with the injuries that we have here. Over the last few months we’ve had players missing. We’ve coped without big players and that won’t affect our confidence. Those who are going to play will give everything.”
Asier Illarramendi has been mooted as a potential midfield replacement for Modric with question marks remaining over who will come in for Benzema and Bale alongside Cristiano Ronaldo up front.