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Ancelotti cautions Real Madrid ahead of RB Leipzig clash despite slim lead

Posted : 05 March 2024

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti emphasized the need for caution ahead of the Champions League last 16 second leg against RB Leipzig, despite holding a narrow 1-0 lead from the first leg in Germany.


Ancelotti urged his players to be at their best from the start, recognizing that the tie is far from over and that they must maintain a high level of performance to secure advancement in the prestigious competition.


In addition to discussing the upcoming match, Ancelotti defended England international Jude Bellingham, who received a red card in LaLiga against Valencia for protesting a referee decision.


Ancelotti praised Bellingham's commitment on the pitch and labeled the red card as a mistake, noting that the player's frustration did not manifest in any form of insult. Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga echoed this sentiment, expressing confusion over the dismissal and describing it as a rare occurrence in football.


Despite Bellingham's absence in the first leg, his potential return for the second leg against Leipzig could bolster Real Madrid's chances. Spanish media reported that Madrid intends to appeal Bellingham's red card, emphasizing the importance of the top scorer's contribution.


Bellingham, who missed the initial clash due to an ankle problem, looks to build on his impressive record of four goals in five Champions League matches this season, with his replacement Brahim Diaz having secured the solitary goal in the previous encounter.


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