Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out the possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo playing in tomorrow’s International Champions Cup match against Manchester United at Michigan Stadium.
Ronaldo had been going through double training sessions in recent days and is reportedly nearing match fitness. But Madrid’s boss has decided that the Portugal international will make his season debut in the Super Cup next week.
Ancelotti addressed the media: “He [Ronaldo] has been doing individual work. We won’t be fielding him tomorrow because he still hasn’t trained with the squad. He will rejoin the squad’s sessions when we get back to Madrid so that he will be ready for the Super Cup final.”
The 55-year-old manager completed his thoughts regarding Ronaldo’s training regimen: “Our plan was to make sure he gets a lot of rest. He started training on July 26 – apart from the group so that he could fully recover from his fitness problems. The idea is to reintroduce him to the sessions on August 5.”
When Ancelotti was asked his opinion on Louis van Gaal, his managerial counterpart for tomorrow’s match, Los Blancos’ manager said: “He is a very good and very experience manager, he has fantastic experience and he will do a fantastic job at United,’ said Ancelotti at a press conference ahead of Real training.”
“He is a manager who has nothing to learn. After Sir Alex Ferguson, it was more difficult for United, but they now have to rebuild a team.”
“They have signed good players, but building a team is not easy and the Premier League is a very competitive league.”
“It will not be easy to win in the first year because there are many competitive teams who want to win.”
“It is not easy to implement a new system. It is important that the player is convinced, but it is difficult to say how long it will take.”
Saturday’s match between Real Madrid and Manchester United will be shown on FOX (4pm EST) and is expected to break the United States record for the largest attendance at a soccer match. The ‘Big House’ at the University of Michigan has already sold-out 109,000 seats.
Just a note, the worldwide record for the largest attendance is 173,850 when attendees packed into Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro to watch the 1950 World Cup final between Uruguay and Brazil.