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Ancelotti’s plan to prepare Real Madrid for the Manchester City game

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Unlike Manchester City, Real Madrid still have plenty of time to prepare before they face Pep Guardiola’s team in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. 

Despite Guardiola’s concerns about fixture congestion, Ancelotti has responded to his complaint about the difference in preparation time, stating that although his team will have fewer days to get ready, it won’t necessarily determine the outcome of the match.

“I see the calendar well. Obviously, they have a more complicated schedule. We have a small advantage in this regard, but it will not determine the outcome of the match,” said the Real Madrid manager.

Adding to the story, a report from AS has confirmed that Ancelotti is implementing a different training regime for the upcoming match. 

This plan includes six training sessions and a specific focus on players like Jude Bellingham and Federico Valverde, who were most affected by the recent international break.

This could be because one, Bellingham wasn’t at his usual self against Athletic Club last weekend and Valverde, on the other hand, had a minor injury issue, something that the manager later confirmed was not very serious.

Real Madrid will need much more

Real Madrid will put a special focus on Jude Bellingham ahead of Manchester City tie. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Apart from the obvious preparation that Ancelotti and his men can work on, Real Madrid will need their 12th man – the fans – for the contest. 

It is said that Santiago Bernabeu is set to be buzzing on City’s visit as the fans are eager for payback following last year’s heart-wrenching defeat. 

Before tickets even hit the shelves for the general public, Madridistas are already gearing up for Champions League action and they are ready to rally behind their team and give it their all to secure victory in the first leg.

Why all the excitement? Well, it is common knowledge that a strong start in Manchester is crucial for Real Madrid. After all, they are yet to taste victory at the Etihad Stadium, making the first-leg tie all the more important.

As far as the preparation is concerned, the team looks in better shape unlike Man City, who are reeling with multiple injury issues, with the likes of Kyle Walker and John Stones being uncertain for the contest.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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