Tuesday October 22 2013
Ancelotti wary of Juve & Vidal threat

Carlo Ancelotti has highlighted the threat Arturo Vidal will pose when Real Madrid face Juventus on Wednesday.

The Bianconeri travel to Santiago Bernabeu looking for their first Champions League win of the season tomorrow.

And the Italian tactician has admitted he is wary of the Turin side’s quality.

“We have to analyse all aspects of Juve's last game, every minute and not just the 15 minutes when they struggled,” he told a Press conference.

“Juventus in general have many players with a lot of quality. Arturo Vidal is very important, he can score and move about the pitch well.

“He has shown his quality. Individuals aside, their overall strength lies in their organisation.

“Our game against Málaga last weekend was a good one. We need to repeat that intensity tomorrow. We have more confidence.

“Let's see what happens. I think we are better now [than at the start of the season]. We are playing with intensity.

“We are focused. I know this is an important week and we are preparing well.

Ancelotti then commented on his squad’s fitness ahead of the clash, as well as his aims for the season in the Spanish capital.

“We have all of our players available except for Xabi Alonso - but I am not going to give you my team for tomorrow. Sergio Ramos is available - he can play. 

“Ángel Di María is playing well, he is full of confidence. He has a lot of character. I hope he continues that way as he is very important for us, he can play in many positions. 

“The aim here is for the young players to be the future of the club. Real Madrid had a clear objective in that - it is the priority of the club and the coach.

“It is not easy to play here. They are gaining very important experience. Álvaro Morata is doing very well, I am happy with him and the rest of the young players. It is a fantastic experience for them. 

“Ronaldo starts on the wing but he will push on and try to score from a forward position - it's very hard to score from the wing.

“We are not so crazy as to change the position of a player who scores 40 or 50 goals from a particular area of the pitch.”

The ex-Juve Coach concluded by remarking on how he’s changed since he was in charge of the Old Lady.

“What has changed since I coached Juve? My hair! No, many things. I have more experience now. My experience at Juventus was very important in terms of my growth as a coach and a person.

“The results maybe were not great but my experiences and memories from that time are good ones.”

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: