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Ancelotti talks following Real Madrid 2-1 Osasuna: “We will play 12v11 against City”



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Carlo Ancelotti sparked his magic once again, leading Real Madrid to their first Copa Del Rey title since 2014. Interestingly, it was the Italian himself who had led the club to their last cup title almost a decade ago.

Following a poor season in La Liga, Ancelotti was hoping for nothing less than a win against Osasuna in the Copa Del Rey final. He wasn’t disappointed either, with Real Madrid securing a narrow 2-1 victory to secure the trophy.

“We have done something important tonight. Now we prepare the game vs City happy and motivated,” Ancelotti said after the triumph.

“The first 30 minutes were very good. Then the players got nervous and I had to calm them. They should focus on playing football. Only that,” he added.

It was indeed an important result for Real Madrid, who had to endure poor form heading into this game. Following the win, the team can feel confident as they take on Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semifinal in midweek.

Ancelotti was not shy in expressing his team’s desire to win the Champions League once again, knowing it could go a long way in ensuring his future at Real Madrid. He even said Los Blancos have an advantage heading into the game.

“We will have an advantage vs City on Tuesday: our fans at the Bernabeu. We will play 12 vs 11,” he said. “We will fight for the Champions League. We will do everything possible to play another final.”

Ancelotti’s words were contradicted by Arsene Wenger a few weeks ago when the former Arsenal manager hailed Manchester City as the favourite owing to their superior defence. But given the way Real Madrid have performed in the Champions League, it promises to be an even contest between these two talented sides.

Ancelotti, meanwhile, doubled down on his desire to remain at Real Madrid amid links to the Brazilian national team. “My future? I said many, many times. My contract is until 2024,” he said.


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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’



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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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