Carlo Ancelotti told 'El Mundo' that he isn't ruling Cristiano Ronaldo out of the cup final, but he won't take any chances with the Portuguese ace. He added that the rest of the squad has proven that Real are no one-man team.
With three days to go before the clash against Barça, Ancelotti is expecting a close contest. "I think it will be evenly matched and very tense. Here's hoping Real can take the initiative, which isn't easy against Barcelona, because their philosophy is based on controlling matches through possession. That will be the key".
The Italian tactician stressed that Cristiano won't be rushed back if he isn't ready for the final: "He's making progress every day and I'm not ruling him out, but we won't run any risks with him. There will be no change of system if he can't play. The players are feeling assured and comfortable. They have faith".
"Cristiano will always be missed when he's not there, but the players aren't going around saying 'Oh Lord, what are we going to do without him?' They are confident and have proven they can win without him. It's also a fantastic opportunity for them to take centre stage in a final", noted the former Milan, Chelsea and PSG boss on the prospect of taking on Barça without his biggest star.
Carletto also expressed his desire to make amends for the recent 4-3 'Clásico' loss in the league at the Bernabéu: "It was a match we could've won, but now we have a chance to get revenge".