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Barcelona superstar praises Real Madrid coach: ‘The players follow him blindly’

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In a recent media interaction, Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski offered his thoughts on Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, roughly a week after the loss in El Clasico.

Lewandowski, who played under Ancelotti during their time together at Bayern Munich, heaped praise on the Italian for his man-management skills.

Lewandowski praises Real Madrid coach

The Barcelona superstar noted that Carlo is an example to players and it has been evident at Real Madrid.

“Ancelotti is incredibly experienced. You can see it at Real Madrid the players follow him blindly,” said Lewandowski (h/t iMiaSanMia), who went on to share the experience of working with the Italian.

“Carlo is a great guy who always spoke a lot to the players. He gave me a special feeling. Not just self-confidence, but a feeling that I can take one or two more steps in my career,” he added.

Lewandowski knows Ancelotti all too well (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Lewandowski played under Ancelotti primarily in the 2016/17 season. Overall, he played in 57 competitive matches under the Italian tactician, notably racking up 54 goals and 15 assists.

Ancelotti’s spell at Bayern, though, was far from perfect as the team struggled in the Champions League and the Bundesliga. As a result, a slow start to the 2017/18 campaign saw Bayern sack the veteran manager.

Talking about Ancelotti’s failed spell at Bayern, Lewandowski said, “It was a new country, a new culture for him. If Carlo were to come to Germany again, he would know exactly what he had to do differently.”

Ancelotti highlighted the complexities of German football, stating, “It’s not easy to coach or play in Germany as a foreigner. If Carlo had stayed a bit longer and we had got through the difficult phase with him, then an era would have been possible with him.”

“If he had survived the difficult moment, things would have been easier for everyone afterwards,” the striker concluded.

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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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