eal Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that his players get angry with squad rotations and it is very tough for him.
Ancelotti is eager for victory over Shakhtar Donetsk tonight to secure Champions League progress to the knockout round as soon as possible.
He explained: “The challenge for us is to make sure the players recovery properly and we then assess whether they’re tired. Tonight’s training session will be important and I’ll name the right team to win the game. We’ve got the chance to, and will be looking to put the group stage to bed. That’ll be important for us.
“Getting out of the group stage is our first objective of the season and the sooner we do that, the better. That can help to give you more energy for the league season, but you’ve got to realise that when it comes to the Champions League, Real Madrid can’t possibly consider not putting in a strong performance. If we’re lucky enough to qualify tomorrow night, we’ll then go on to put in two strong performances and will want to win both games.
“Vini is one of the players I’ll have to take a look at. He’s played every game and played on Saturday night too and he’s had the travelling today on top of that. Benzema is doing fine and will obviously play tomorrow night, as will Kroos and Mendy. They’re rested and fresh and will play.”
On squad rotation, Ancelotti added: “It’s very tough. The players become angry and everyone expresses that in their own way. The reaction from every member of the group has been very positive. The reaction shows that they’re all focused on our work and nobody has thrown in the towel up until now. They’re very respectful when it comes to my decisions and that’s the most important thing. You’re entitled to be angry with the coach, but it’s best not to be cross with the individual.”