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Ancelotti reflects on Real Madrid’s 14th UEFA Champions League title: “It was a special season”



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As we embark on the third international break of the new season, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti took the time out to give an interview, where he talked about various things including the road that led to Real Madrid’s 14th Champions League.

The Italian mastermind also talked about the evolution of football and the infusion of technology in the beautiful game, among other things.

Ancelotti on Real Madrid

Starting with Real Madrid’s 14th UCL title, the Italian said, “It was a special season, and little by little a very good atmosphere was created in the dressing room. The youngsters and the veterans helped each other because the veterans had a lot of ideas about what is collective, and the young ones had a lot of patience.”

“This allowed us to come out of very difficult moments. When you get to the final after what happened, the confidence level was very high and you just had to let everything continue like that,” he added.

Ancelotti, who has experienced success with Real Madrid before, drew parallels with the club’s earlier achievements. “After the tenth, Real Madrid won several Champions League titles in a row, and I hope this streak will continue.”

“I think this will continue because the future of this club is already written by how the team is formed,” he added.

Ancelotti has seen the game evolve (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

The Italian coach talked about Real Madrid as a whole, tuning in a symbolism of family to his beloved club. “Real Madrid is a family, and those of us who live in this club every day work in a big family,” he said.

“It shows all the affection from the fans. Working in a family environment makes you bring out the best in you. It is the biggest club in the world and the most historic, but I highlight the family atmosphere,” the coach added.

Ancelotti on the evolution of football

Having coached at the highest level for about three decades, Ancelotti has seen the game evolve over time.

Now in the final frontiers of his career, the Italian talked about the evolution of football: “It has changed, it is changing, and it will change. The intensity, the rules, the training and the methodology.”

“It is a different sport from the one that was played in the 1990s, and the players are more professional than before. After 30 years I am still here, and that means I have adapted well to change,” he said.

Talking about the infusion of technology in modern football, the Real Madrid boss added, “Technology has changed our lives. My coaching staff told me I was old school. I love technology and I try to make it an enabler in my work.”

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5



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Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.

They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.

With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.

Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.

With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.

Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo

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