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Ancelotti’s son behind Real Madrid’s game-changing substitution vs Bayern Munich



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Three minutes was all it took for Real Madrid to turn the tide around against Bayern Munich last night in the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League.

Down 0-1 in the second leg in the 88th minute, Joselu scored twice for the men in white in quick succession to complete a stunning comeback for his side.

The Spanish veteran was thus the hero for Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu as he came up with one of the most clutch Champions League cameos of all time. The manner of his substitution, however, was very interesting.

The father-son combination

According to reports from AS, Carlo Ancelotti was far from happy with the manner in which the tie was progressing, especially after Alphonso Davies’ goal.

A substitution was needed, but the Italian tactician was not certain which player to call on at such a crucial juncture. At this point, he called out to his son.

“Davide, we need change,” Ancelotti said, calling out his son for advice.

Almost instantaneously, his son Davide knew that Joselu was the man for the moment as he suggested the striker’s name to his father. The veteran was called from his warm-up immediately and brought onto the field.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Real Madrid’s match-winner vs Bayern. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

A strong partnership

A father-son duo working in tandem at football of such an elite level is rare, but it is safe to say that the Ancelotti family is unique in that sense.

Carlo and Davide get along very well in terms of ideology and their vision for the game.

The Italian maestro does not hesitate to listen to his son at times of adversity, and it is not surprising that Davide had a role to play in the team’s comebacks against PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea among others.

With every passing game, the younger Ancelotti’s influence on Real Madrid grows and it is clear that he has a bright future ahead as a tactician.

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Real Madrid captain drops future hint – ‘Sometimes circumstances aren’t right to be a one-club man’



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Real Madrid are just days away from their highly anticipated Champions League final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Once the final has been played, planning for the summer transfer window will be in full swing, with the topic of arrivals and departures likely to be discussed.

One of the players facing an uncertain future is Nacho Fernandez. The Real Madrid captain has yet to disclose his future ambitions, despite nearing the end of his contract.

Nacho opens up about future

While he previously claimed that he had already made his decision, a shift in tone can be observed now, with Nacho asserting that he will soon sit with the club and his family to evaluate the best course of action

For now, the 34-year-old remains focused on the Champions League final and does not wish to draw any unnecessary attention.

“Future? The focus is on the final now. After that, I will sit with the club, Ancelotti and my family and I’ll decide what’s the best thing for me,” he told El Chiringuito.

On his way out? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Fernandez acknowledges the fans’ support

Additionally, the veteran centre-back claimed that he does need a grand farewell to know how much the Madrid faithful appreciate him.

“That love the fans have for Toni is the same they have for me. I don’t need a farewell to know the fans love me,” he reflected.

Nacho has devoted his entire career to Real Madrid, rising through the ranks from the youth academy and spending over two decades with the Merengues.

However, he has alluded to the possibility of perhaps donning the colours of a different jersey.

“Sometimes the circumstances are not right to be a ‘one club man’,” he cryptically claimed.

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