Cristiano Ronaldo will only play against Bayern Munich on Wednesday if he is fully fit, says Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Madrid meet the Champions League holders in the first leg of their semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu tonight, and Ancelotti is adamant that he has confidence in Isco if Ronaldo fails in his late fitness bid.
The Portugal captain returned to training on Monday following a hamstring injury he picked up in the quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund, but is still working towards full fitness.
Ancelotti says he is pleased with Ronaldo's progress, but a definite decision will not be made until tomorrow.
In his pre-match press conference for the clash Ancelotti revealed: "Cristiano has trained well. We will make a decision after another test tomorrow. He will play if he is totally fit.
"Ronaldo will not play if there is any risk. We have another decisive game next Tuesday [in the second leg]."
The Madrid boss also spoke about the possibility of Ronaldo being on the bench. The Italian said this would be a great option and he has belief in Isco's ability to step up to the mark if called upon.
He said: "Replacing a player with Cristiano is not easy because everyone has done a fantastic job. Isco proved he could be important. Cristiano's presence will give us more options on the bench."
Ancelotti believes that his team can draw confidence from their Copa Del Rey victory against Barcelona last week, and that they are highly motivated to win their 10th European crown.
"We played with 11 players against Barcelona and were compact and solid. It will be the same tomorrow," he said.
"We have the same confidence as before, but our play has improved with time.
"We are in the semi-finals and we want to win the title more than anyone else. It's not an obsession, it's motivation. We have a lot of desire and are excited to do our best tomorrow."
And while Ancelotti has huge respect for opposite number, Pep Guardiola, he explained it is the players that will be decisive in who wins the tie.
He said: "I have a lot of respect for Pep. He has done a good job. We have to be focused tomorrow because they are a tough team. [But] semi-finals are won by players, not coaches.
"We will face a very strong team. They won the league a month ago. It's normal that we are not considered as favourites."
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