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Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti defends style amid Champions League progression

Posted : 20 April 2024

Carlo Ancelotti stood by Real Madrid's performance in their Champions League victory over Manchester City, emphasizing that he has encountered no unhappy supporters following their progression to the semifinals. Despite City's dominance in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, Madrid advanced on penalties after the tie ended 4-4 on aggregate. Ancelotti defended his team's approach, stating that success in football requires adeptness both with and without possession.


As Real Madrid gears up for a crucial Clasico encounter against Barcelona in LaLiga, Ancelotti expressed satisfaction with his team's current form, especially considering their eight-point lead at the top of the league table. He likened their situation to a cake ready for the finishing touch, emphasizing the importance of maintaining their momentum throughout the month.


Barcelona coach Xavi echoed Ancelotti's sentiments, praising Madrid's defensive resilience against Manchester City, whom he regards as the best team in the world. Xavi emphasized the pragmatic nature of football, acknowledging that sometimes tactics need to adapt to the strengths of the opposition. Despite Barça's recent Champions League elimination and his own red card during the match, Xavi remained composed, attributing his frustration to missed opportunities and the intensity of the situation.


Xavi addressed concerns surrounding the Barcelona dressing room, assuring that any issues stemming from İlkay Gündoğan's criticism of Ronald Araújo's red card against PSG have been resolved. He emphasized the importance of maintaining harmony within the team, emphasizing that conflicts are swiftly addressed when there is no ill intent among the players.


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