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Prep for Granada | April 4, 2015 | ©

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Ancelotti had everyone but the injured Pepe at his disposal in the final practice before hosting Granada. The team will return to training Monday morning.

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- Kickoff: Sunday at 12pm CEST | 6am EDT
- Squad list | Concentración at 8pm
- Absences: Pepe (injury) | Isco (suspension) | Carvajal, Khedira (rest)
- Yellow card alert: Arbeloa, James, Kroos, Modrić, Ramos, Ronaldo

Press conference (Ancelotti)
- James is a confirmed starter for the 1st time since Feb 4; Arbeloa will replace Carvajal in the lineup; Khedira will also be rested.
- Pepe about a week from match fitness; will be ready for Atleti on the 14th
- The team is motivated and fresh; in better condition compared to last year
- Bale’s last few games with RM and Wales were good; the FIFA break served him well.
- Ronaldo has lost a little bit of his rhythm but Ancelotti thinks his stats over the next two months will improve.
- Danilo is a great signing but his arrival isn’t ‘til next season; Nacho and Arbeloa understand that the competition will help them to improve.
- He understands Chicharito’s frustration and reiterates that the entire squad is important; everyone will be used more in these last 10 league games.
- He’s not thinking about the 06/07 remontada; they’re only interested in the next game. 
- The league is still open; believes it won’t be decided until the last day.

News
- Uphill battle for last 10 match days 
- CR7 on 7-game run of scoring after the international break; 3-game streak at home vs Granada 
- Khedira turns 28.
- Sir Alex Ferguson mentions Ancelotti and Ronaldo in recent interview.
- Ancelotti talks about a possible return to Italy.

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Zidane’s post-Las Palmas presser | March 13, 2016
- translation via AS

Poor showing
“I’m worried about our second half performance. The important thing is that we’re going home with all three points. We’ll look back at the game tomorrow… But our second half display tonight bothers me.”

Distracted?
“We’re not thinking about the Champions League. The players are only thinking about what they need to do. We lost an unbelievable amount of balls. If we are hoping to be playing for something in the future, we have to play much better than this. That is obvious. Playing like we did tonight, we’re going nowhere. Especially like we did in the second half. That’s all I can say. I want to watch the game again and I’m sure that we can put in a different performance.”

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