Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed, on Wednesday, that his team is going through a transitional period, adding that dealing with the expectations and ambitions of his players constitutes a large part of his work this season.

After Casemiro left for Manchester United and Luka Modric (37 years) and Toni Kroos (33 years) approached the final meters of their careers, Ancelotti made combinations between his squad players compared to last season when Real Madrid won the domestic league title and the Champions League.

However, the Italian coach faces a dilemma of choice before Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in the King’s Cup quarter-finals on Thursday, while Aurelien Choameni is still recovering from a leg injury.

Either he will push Modric and Kroos, or he will continue to believe in Dani Ceballos and Eduardo Camavinga, the duo who recently participated in the victory over Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal, and helped the team continue chasing leaders Barcelona.

“We’re going through a transitional period with the first team and everyone has to realize that,” Ancelotti told Wednesday’s news conference. “It’s a mixture of understanding from the experienced and patience from the young. Last season this mentality was essential for us to keep the atmosphere good in the dressing room because everyone knew that It’s the best thing for the team.”

Ancelotti agreed that this unity was the key to Real Madrid winning trophies but said it would not be easy to beat Atletico, who are in revival.

“We are facing a special opponent in a special match on Thursday. It is an important opportunity and we want to win the title. Atletico are great competitors and it is always difficult to beat them. What I can say is that this is not just a match… It is a special match and it will be fun,” the coach said.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone responded to that compliment, but said his team would be stronger in attack than it was before the World Cup break, and confirmed the readiness of all players except Marcos Llorente, the injured midfielder.

“I see that the team has become better since returning from the World Cup, with more attacking options to create danger and work well as a group,” Simeone said.

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