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Carlo Ancelotti confirms Karim Benzema will miss El Clásico

“Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy cannot play tomorrow and they will stay here to work with us next week.”

Carlo Ancelotti addressed the media on Saturday ahead of the club’s clash with Barcelona.

Here is what he had to say.

“Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy cannot play tomorrow and they will stay here to work with us next week.”

“We’ve never risked anything, and we didn’t risk anything in Paris either. He can’t play tomorrow because he hasn’t trained. He still feels some discomfort. It’s a minor injury, but it doesn’t allow him to train or play.

“We can beat Barcelona without Benzema.”

“Gareth Bale alternative to Benzema? Yeah, he could be, I’ve used Bale, Isco, or Luka Jovic to replace Benzema but I’ll take the best decision for tomorrow.”

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“Nacho captain tomorrow? He balances the team a lot, he’s very professional – he knows his role in the team. It’s never a problem if he’s playing or not.

“He’s always ready to help, as a left-back, right-back, or centre-back. He never complains.”

“Xavi as a coach? I think Barcelona never changes their style, they’re the same team as they were before.

“Xavi is the perfect Barça coach and they’re doing great.”

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