"For me it’s something special, it’s normal that I’m excited," said the 54-year-old italian in madrid. Not only against betis will he have the team around star striker cristiano ronaldo and the german internationals mesut ozil and sami khedira play offensively, ancelotti assured.
"We want to go on the offensive. My experiences at milan, chelsea and paris saint-germain were always the same. All these teams played offensively, because that’s the way it has to be with such teams. I don’t think i’ll do anything different here now that i have such excellent players," said the man who has already won league titles as a coach in italy, england and france. The ambience within the team was "very, very good".
Archrival and defending champion FC barcelona, which also starts the league on sunday with its stars around lionel messi and neymar against UD levante in front of its own audience, praised ancelotti in the highest tones. "This is a very strong team with players who have a lot of quality," he said. But the italian said he did not rule out the possibility of other teams – such as atletico madrid – intervening in the primera division title fight.
The eleven for the game against betis the coach did not announce at first. Of the probable regulars, the "royals" will be missing for the start of the league due to injury midfielder xabi alonso and french central defender raphael varane.