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Ancelotti: I have too much experience to feel like a champion

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Ancelotti: I have too much experience to feel like a champion


Real Madrid is a few wins away from the LaLiga title, but Carlo Ancelotti does not feel like a champion yet.

Carlo Ancelotti does not feel like a champion yet despite Barcelona’s shock defeat to Cadiz, putting Real Madrid on the brink of reclaiming LaLiga.

Madrid visits Osasuna on Wednesday with the chance to go 18 points clear at the summit.

They will win LaLiga as soon as Sunday should they beat Osasuna. But, unfortunately, Atletico Madrid fails to defeat Granada.

And Barca fails to win their next two games against Real Sociedad and Rayo Vallecano.

Even if Atletico and Barca continue to pick up results, Madrid has a healthy advantage to protect over the final weeks of the season and still has the opportunity to win the title at Atleti next month.

But Ancelotti’s focus remains only on the task at hand, with Madrid also juggling a two-legged Champions League semi-final with Manchester City and their LaLiga commitments.

Ancelotti told a pre-match media conference: “I have too much experience to have this feeling [of being a champion].

“We are very close, but it is not over. We have a great opportunity tomorrow. Tomorrow is an excellent opportunity to get closer.

“Our calculation is simple—three points against Osasuna and then three against Espanyol. Then, if we need more, three against Atletico.

“I don’t need to be a mathematician. I like history better.”

Karim Benzema will play against Osasuna, though Luka Modric is set to be rested.

Casemiro will miss the Osasuna game after withdrawing from the squad with what Ancelotti labelled a “small problem”.

The Brazil midfielder is expected to return for the first leg against City next Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.

Nevertheless, Carlo Ancelotti will become the first manager to win a league title in all five major leagues.

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