Real Madrid face Levante tomorrow evening.
Los Blancos welcome their visitors from Valencia to the Santiago Bernabeu in whats both teams third-last game of the season.
Madrid have nothing to play for. Theyve already won La Liga and are fully focused on their Champions League final with Liverpool in Paris on May 28th. Theyll be treating their final fixtures like a sort of pre-season for that titanic tie at the Stade de France.
Levante, however, have everything to play for and nothing to lose. Theyre currently 19th in La Liga but havent been relegated yet. If they beat Madrid and results go their way they could move within three points of Cadiz and safety with six left to play for.
Carlo Ancelotti attended the media this afternoon to preview the game and was asked about how hes managed to enjoy such a successful season at the helm of Madrid. Whats their secret?
Its been because of the relationship Ive had with the players, none of them have created any problems for me, he said as carried by Marca. In the past it happened to me when Id tell someone to rest. Without naming names, Id put them on the bench and theyd pull a face.
Today, without naming names either, but to players that have won four Champions League titles, Ive told them to rest and there has been no problems. This is the difference of Real Madrid. Because of this its been a simple season. The difficult thing for a coach is the ability to keep the entire staff motivated.