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Real Madrid boss Ancelotti ‘the best coach in history’ says former goalkeeper



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Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has said that Carlo Ancelotti is the best manager in the history of the sport, adding that the kind of freedom he gives to his team is formidable.

“I think Ancelotti is the best coach in history who manages great teams and players,” said the former keeper as quoted by AS

“His way of communicating with the players and giving them freedom on the field is surprising and unusual, but it works,” he added. 

Dudek, who played 12 games for the team across four seasons, added that while winning the league title is normal, being the contender for the Champions League despite not being the favourites at the beginning of the season is what defines Real Madrid.

“Winning the Spanish League is normal for the team, but in the Champions League, there is a team that can win the title without being the favourite at the beginning of the season, and now it seems that Real Madrid is the closest to winning the title,” he said.

On the Bayern Munich game

Real Madrid played a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich in their UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg tie.

Jerzy Dudek feels Real Madrid will be favourites to beat Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Speaking about the return leg at Santiago Bernabeu, Dudek said that Madrid might as well be the favourites mostly because they do not play in a fixed system.

“The next match against Bayern Munich will be one of the most important matches of the season.

Real Madrid is a completely different team, with high-quality players and a style that is not similar to that of many other teams. 

“They are well organized and surprise you because their team’s tactics are not always clear, unlike other teams,” he explained.

Dudek’s thought on Barcelona

The former keeper went on to add that it has been a good season for Real Madrid overall mostly because La Liga is almost sealed, snatching the title from Barcelona.

“It has been a very good season for Real Madrid. We are on the verge of winning the league title after beating Barcelona, ​​which is the most important thing in La Liga.” 

Lastly, he also had words reserved for Barcelona, adding that although they are a strong team, their progress has been hampered by the troubling finances.

“Barcelona is a strong team, but it is under financial pressure and faces many problems. 

“They are building a new stadium, so they couldn’t keep up with Real Madrid, who I think thanks to their great performance this season, reached the semi-finals of the Champions League,” he added.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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