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Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Champions League clash with Man City: ‘We’re feeling confident’

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident in his side ahead of their Champions League semi-final second-leg showdown with Manchester City.

The 63-year-old said apart from a great first team, he has quality players on the bench and trusts the squad’s depth.

City held Los Blancos to a draw at the Santiago Bernabeu and will host the Spaniards this Wednesday.

Despite the early pressure, Vinicius Junior opened the scoring with a vicious hit past international colleague Ederson.

However, City’s Kevin De Bruyne responded with a fierce drive of his own to level the tie.

Ancelotti made eight changes to the side that started against City in midweek, but his team managed to seal a 1-0 league victory over Getafe.

He said (via Real Madrid’s website): “I have a clear idea of Wednesday’s team today – I have no doubts at all. We’re feeling confident.

“I have a strong bench with players that can contribute in this type of game. Last year the players who came off the bench helped us win the Champions League.

“You always play with fire in this job. What can I do? I’ve named a competitive and fresh squad so that no one complains that we’re giving an advantage to an opponent who’s fighting relegation.

“Those who were tired didn’t play. It’s a good sign that we go into Wednesday with the full squad available.”

It is still unclear whether Ancelotti will actually have his complete squad available for the clash with the Premier League side.

The Italian manager had to take off left-back Ferland Mendy at half-time against Getafe. However, he said the plan was always to give him only 45 minutes after his lengthy injury absence.

Eduardo Camavinga also came off late in the game after a knock. He had an ice pack on his legs and looked in pain on the bench.

Ancelotti believes he will be okay after some rest, but they still have to wait for the results of the scan.

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