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Ancelotti reflects on Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph: “Fight until the last minute”

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Speaking at the inauguration of the 2022/23 academic year of the Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea, Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that the camaraderie in the dressing room and fighting spirit were key to the club’s UEFA Champions League triumph last season.

Real Madrid won their 14th European crown in the 2021/22 campaign and they did so from the unlikeliest of circumstances, producing one stunning comeback after another in each of the knockout rounds as they took out teams like PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool to lift the trophy.

Reflecting on the Champions League success, Ancelotti said: “It was something incredible. The key was the fantastic connection the players created in the locker room, between the youngsters and the veterans. This allowed us to win games that seemed lost, not give up and fight until the last minute.”

Talking about the comeback against Manchester City, in particular, the Real Madrid head coach recalled: “In the tie against Manchester City, when I saw six minutes of extra time, I thought we could score another one. Rodrygo’s first goal changed the mental dynamics of everyone and we did it.”

It was Real Madrid’s second Champions League triumph under Ancelotti, after he had led the club to La Decima in 2014. Reminiscing the success during his first stint as manager of the club, the Italian said:

“Since 2014 this team has won five Champions Leagues, it is a great success. When I arrived, everyone was talking about being obsessed with La Décima, but the reality is that it was a great motivation for everyone, not an obsession.”

Highlighting the importance of sport in life, Ancelotti added: “Sport helps people to be more responsible in life, it has been a fantastic life school for me and for everyone, because it helps you fight against your limit. Every day you can improve something physically and mentally.”

Ancelotti also revealed how it feels to be the manager of Real Madrid, saying: “I feel Real Madrid is a family. This is the best-organised club in the world, with the most success and the most history. It is the biggest club and coaching here is like a dream.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

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Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager

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Real Madrid's Turkish midfielder #24 Arda Guler watches from the bench the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Real Madrid CF and SC Braga at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2023. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)
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The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.

It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.

Turkey manager speaks out

Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.

As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.

“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.

Vincenzo Montella wants Arda Guler to play more at Real Madrid. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.

“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”

Exit on the cards?

Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.

The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.

But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.

Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.

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