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Ancelotti talks Vinicius, Rodrygo, Bellingham, Militao after Real Madrid 3-3 Man City

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Real Madrid and Manchester City churned out a classic last night at the Santiago Bernabeu as they played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Real Madrid were trailing just two minutes into the game through a Bernardo Silva free-kick, but a Ruben Dias own-goal and a strike from Rodrygo put them back in front.

However, two second-half wondergoals from Phil Foden and Josko Gvardiol gave Man City a 3-2 lead, only for Federico Valverde to score a golazo of his own and make it 3-3.

Ancelotti happy with performance

Speaking after the match, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti stated that he was happy with the performance of his team, stating that the result was a fair one.

“It was an incredible match. There has been a lot of quality and two extraordinary teams. We are satisfied with our match and we hope to repeat there. It was possible to win 2-1 and lose 2-3. It was a correct result for what both teams have done,” he said.

“What I liked most is the personality, the courage, the pressure from above and making City an uncomfortable game until there was no strength. It was a good game on our part. Equal and competitive.

Going into detail about how the match went on, Ancelotti remarked: “We started very badly, with a goal against. Afterwards, the team handled the pressure well, stole many balls and attacked in transitions. We could win and we had a chance to go 3-1.

“They scored two great goals, but we had the desire and commitment to get back into the game and tie it. Now we have the disadvantage of playing outside our stadium, but we can repeat the game we played here.”

Ancelotti then hailed the Real Madrid fans for creating a raucous atmosphere at the Santiago Bernabeu last night, claiming that it inspires the team to do better.

“I really like the atmosphere at the Bernabéu , with fans who help, who push and who are happy watching their team. We are delighted with our stadium,” he said.

“The fans always bring something more out of us. They help us bring out our best version. Today we got it and we have the confidence to repeat the same in the second leg. I would tell them to have confidence in the team, as always, because we have it.”

Ancelotti was happy with the draw vs Man City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

On individual performances

Ancelotti lined his team up with a different tactical approach than usual on Tuesday night. When asked to shed light on some of the changes he made, the Real Madrid boss said:

“We have planned a game different from what we do. We rarely press one-on-one and we have. It has gone very well and we have recovered many balls. Then you have to lower the block and take advantage of the transitions.

“We had an opportunity with Bellingham and another with Vini Jr. that could have had a better ending.”

“By placing Rodrygo on the left I was looking for his good streak at the moment. I told Vini Jr. that he would play a little more on the inside and Rodrygo on the left. They have worked a lot.”

About the performance of Jude Bellingham, who was not at his very best on the night, Ancelotti said:

“He hasn’t scored, but we have scored three goals. The work of those at the top has been very good: three goals and they have worked hard. That’s why they haven’t been as fresh as always. They have done a great defensive job and that has given us good control of the game.”

For the second leg next week, Real Madrid will be without Aurelien Tchouameni, who has been suspended after picking up his third yellow card of the season last night. On who will replace him at the Etihad, Ancelotti said:

“Nacho or Militão will play. The idea for the return has to be this. Don’t do a lot of calculations, like last year, and play face to face, like today. We have confidence that something good can happen. The grass in Manchester is long, like here. We have a small disadvantage there, but the confidence remains the same.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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