The defender has jumped to the defense of his coach and admits the Blaugrana will find it difficult to replace him any time soon.
Monday, April 14, 2014
The midfielder suffered an injury while on international duty in November but returned to training today alongside Sergio Ramos and Marcelo.
The Italian coach insists his side will not be affected by its recent 4-3 defeat to the Blaugrana and feels a cup victory will spur it on as it looks to secure the treble.
The Catalans are not worried by the Argentina attacker's inconsistency this year and are confident he will be back to his usual best in the Copa del Rey final
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With the injured Portuguese star set to miss Wednesday's Copa del Rey final, we ask if he is more important to Real Madrid than his Argentine rival is to Barcelona.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Reds struck on three further occasions at Anfield on Sunday, and only Real Madrid has scored more league goals in Europe's major leagues this season
Goal rates the players on show as Diego Simeone's men moved three points clear at the top of the table with a hard-fought victory at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Diego Simeone's side battled through another difficult assignment, with the efforts of its star striker symptomatic of the courage that leaves it in control of the title race.
Diego Simeone's side capitalized on Barcelona's defeat on Saturday thanks to goals from Diego Godin and Diego Costa but could be without their star striker for the run-in.
The versatile midfielder has acknowledged that the Catalans now face a tough task to retain their league title.
It remains unclear whether the goalkeeper will feature for the Vicente Calderon side in the Champions League semifinals.
The 23-year-old has revealed the Blaugrana dressing room has been left broken by two defeats in the last seven days.
The Argentine is calm heading into the decisive stage of the season and is adamant that his side is in a good position to beat Barcelona in Wednesday's Copa del Rey final.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The Italian was jubilant after watching his side leapfrog the Catalans into second place in La Liga and revealed defender Sergio Ramos will return for the Copa del Rey final.
The Catalans were unable to find a reaction after they were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday and are paying the price for years of dubious decision-making.
In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, los Blancos put in an impressive display to join Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga
The Blaugrana's title hopes are in tatters after they lost for a second time in a week on Saturday evening, despite enjoying a staggering 86 percent possession.
Goals from Angel Di Maria, Gareth Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata saw Carlo Ancelotti's side leapfrog the Catalans into second place in the Primera Division
The Spaniard says he is not surprised his side have suffered a loss of form since retaining their league title