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Ronaldo is serving the second game of his two match ban in the midweek affair for a red card he received for kicking and slapping an opponent in the clash against Cordoba in January.
And Emery says it is a relief that the Madrid talisman is not available, but believes the team have several other options his side must be cautious of.
"If I said I would prefer Cristiano Ronaldo to play I would be lying," he told reporters. "But they have other players than can play more of a 'combination' game.
"The individual characteristics they have are of a high standard. All of them are very good. In their stadium, additionally, they are very strong."
Despite his awareness of Ancelotti's side's attacking potency, Emery insists he will send his team out to try and win the match in the Santiago Bernabeu.
"We play every game to win, logically the difficulty of the rival is going to affect your chances, but we have nothing in mind other than going out to win.
"Tomorrow we’ll be thinking that we hope to reach 45 points, we have the opportunity: we know the difficulty involved in beating Madrid at their stadium but our only mentality is being able to overcome it.
"It’s clear that Real Madrid’s attacking ability is high at the Bernabeu. Therefore, our defensive situation has to be important, but you cannot win if you don’t build attacks – we also have to consider that."