Having spread their sphere of influence across Europe dominantly for decades, Real Madrid and the Champions League are considered synonymous terms by this point.
The Merengues have lifted the elusive trophy a historic 14 times and emerged triumphant just two years ago in 2022 in what was one of their most impressive campaigns ever.
Returning to their stomping ground today, the squad once again is motivated to emulate their past glories.
Facing off against RB Leipzig in the first leg of the Round of 16 tie, they will be hosted at the Red Bull Arena.
Ancelotti’s motivational speech
Ahead of the game during the training sessions held at the stadium, Carlo Ancelotti gave a motivational talk to his players, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo.
After recently securing an assertive 4-0 win against Girona, Real Madrid are expected to be the major favorites heading into this highly anticipated tie.
However, Carlo Ancelotti, eager to see his team carry their positive momentum, passionately exclaimed: “We are going to win…we have to play a great game.”
The Italian coach knows a thing or two about triumphing in this competition, with the four-time Champions League winner well aware of how to bring the best out of his players.
A formidable foe
In the pre-match conference, he further acknowledged Leipzig’s strengths but added that Real Madrid are motivated to grab victory.
“We are doing well because I think we have a good streak, we are in a good moment. The team is motivated and excited, they are returning to the Champions League, the competition that we like a lot and we are playing against a powerful rival.
“Leipzig plays with intensity and quality in attack. We have to plan a complete game in the defensive and offensive aspects,” he voiced in the media.
Real Madrid target yet to decide on future amid verbal agreement claims – report
Real Madrid are taking significant strides towards their targets for the summer. Kylian Mbappe finally appears close to sealing a move to Spain after years of running a soap opera and reports earlier today indicated a breakthrough towards one of the club’s other targets – Alphonso Davies.
As revealed earlier today, the Merengues have reached a verbal agreement with the Bayern Munich star over a move in the summer.
The player has been stalling talks of a renewal with hopes of a transfer for several months now, and the update earlier today brought the impression that the deal is sealed in stone.
Far from completed
According to a breaking update from Maximilian Koch, however, Davies is yet to take a decision on his future amid the claims of a verbal agreement with Real Madrid.
The fact remains that it no concrete decision or action has been taken yet. He has not yet made a final decision over his future, and a renewal with Bayern Munich cannot be ruled out.
The factor inhibiting Davies from reaching an agreement with the Bavarians, however, is an economic difference between the player’s demands and the club’s offer.
However, it is not clear as to what will transpire if Bayern concede to Davies’ demands.
As it stands, the momentum lies towards a move to Spain. His departure has been a constant topic in the dressing room for a long time now, and it would not come as a surprise if he left regardless.
While Los Blancos are indeed desperate to sign the young and dynamic left-back, they do not wish to ruin relations with Bayern Munich over the transfer. The objective, thus, is to make an attempt at the Germans’ front door and reach a mutual agreement.
Bayern Munich demand €50 million for their star defender, but Los Blancos are willing to offer just €35 million as a starting point. Nevertheless, the difference between the two parties is not glaring and can well be sealed with a few rounds of discussion.
After all, he has just one season left on his deal and is reluctant to renew, at least as it stands.