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Real Madrid’s Ancelotti says Barcelona is not a direct rival for La Liga

Carlo Ancelotti does not see Barcelona as Real Madrid’s direct rivals this season as a result of they’re too low down the desk.

The Camp Nou aspect sit seventh in La Liga after 17 matches, trailing leaders Madrid by 15 factors after eking out a win in opposition to Elche on Matchday 17. Real Madrid performs a day later.

Despite his aspect’s struggles this time period, Barca coach Xavi insists they’re nonetheless within the struggle for the Spanish league title, however Ancelotti is not nervous about dropping out to their Clasico counterparts.

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Asked about Xavi’s feedback at a press convention on Saturday, Ancelotti says the likes of Sevilla and Real Betis pose extra of a risk than Barcelona.

“Barca are not direct rivals now, as a result of there are different groups nearer like Sevilla or Betis,” he mentioned.

“But they’ve the standard to maneuver up the desk, and if I had been Barcelona’s coach, I’d say precisely the identical as Xavi.”

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What subsequent for Real Madrid and Barcelona?

Ancelotti’s males are on a 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions, having gained every of their final 10.

They sit eight factors away from second-placed Sevilla within the Spanish top-flight, although Julen Lopetegui’s staff has a recreation in hand.

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Madrid will tackle Cadiz in La Liga on Sunday, however will likely be with out a number of gamers due to an outbreak of COVID-19 instances within the squad.

Barca, in the meantime, stopped a three-match winless streak in all competitions with a dramatic 3-2 win over Elche at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Ansu Fati, Pedri, Memphis Depay and Sergi Roberto all missed out due to harm, whereas Gerard Pique was suspended for the conflict.

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