Real Madrid coach Ancelotti: Players motivated for Girona after RB Leipzig setback

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is demanding an instant response after the midweek Champions League defeat at RB Leipzig.

Real Madrid meet Girona on Sunday.

Ancelotti said, “The team is motivated and doing well. We want to put on a good display and get the win. We’re going to have almost everyone back: Modrić, Valverde, Ceballos and Mariano. But not Karim, because we think it’s too soon. We had a slight problem with Rodrygo last night and he hasn’t trained today, but he’ll be available.

“We’ve analysed what happened in Leipzig. We’ve looked at the main mistakes, it wasn’t down to attitude but positioning. Now, we need to think about what we need to do in the four games remaining before the break to try to get the most out of this important part of the season. We want to go into the break in good condition. The players are focussed. Of course, the World Cup is close, but the players aren’t speaking about that. They all want to play, and I’ve not seen any form of a mentality shift in that sense.

“This team will always stand up and be counted and will never give up, and that’s what I think they’ll do in these four games. You always have to remain focussed from the start and think it’s the last game of the season and you have no advantage. Sometimes, at this point of the season when you play every three days, it’s hard to maintain high motivation levels.”

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