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Carlo Ancelotti ascribes Real Madrid victory with an Italian poem

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It was yet another special night at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday as Real Madrid pulled off a comeback 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich to secure a place in the UEFA Champions League finals.

After going behind from an Alphonso Davies screamer, Real Madrid rode on the back of a Joselu double to grab the victory and book a ticket for Wembley next month.

Carlo Ancelotti was delighted after the match as he led his team to yet another final in the UEFA Champions League.

“And so I repeat, tell me about the sea, sailor,” the Italian said in his post-match press conference, quoting an Italian poem to address those who suggest Real Madrid do not play well but manage to win.

Discussing Real Madrid’s comeback, the manager added: “They thought we had died… It was a trap (laughs).”

“It is something inexplicable that can be explained because it happened again. It is something magical and the fans have pushed us. I didn’t expect this squad to have the season we are having.”

One step closer to glory. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Giving credit to club president Florentino Perez for the success that Real Madrid have achieved, Ancelotti remarked:

“There is a captain here called Florentino Pérez and the rest of us are sailors.”

“Real Madrid is a family managed very well by Florentino Pérez. A historic club with a history and tradition that matters, so the players are very lucky to be here and wear this shirt.”

Regarding the controversy late in the game when the referee whistled for an offside right before Bayern Munich star Matthijs de Ligt put the ball into the back of the net, Ancelotti said:

“It’s quite clear. There may not be an offside, but the referee blows his whistle and stops play. He officiated the World Cup final, and he is at a high level.”

Regarding Bayern Munich’s complaints about the moment, the Merengues’ manager countered with a gripe of their own, saying:

“If Bayern complain about the last minute play, we will also talk about the goal from Nacho that was disallowed.”

Ancelotti also reserved some praise for Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr. who was the Man of the Match on the night, saying:

“There is one final left to play and Vinícius Jr is going to be the star again, few players can do what he has done in these semifinals.”

Source: RMTV

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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