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Two impressive records that Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid broke by eliminating Manchester City

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Carlo Ancelotti, widely regarded as one of the most successful coaches in Champions League history, continued his streak with Real Madrid by guiding them to the semi-finals once again. 

During his stints coaching the team, he has consistently steered them to this stage, clinching the title twice on the previous four occasions.

It must be noted that Real Madrid, under Ancelotti’s leadership, have now reached the semi-finals for the fourth consecutive time, a testament to their enduring prowess in European football. 

This season, they avenged their previous elimination by Manchester City, who had ousted them in the previous edition. 

Remarkably, this marks Real Madrid’s 12th appearance in the semi-finals out of the last thirteen editions—an unparalleled feat in the competition’s history. 

Their consistency is further underscored by their uninterrupted progression past the quarter-finals for the 12th consecutive time. Their last elimination at this stage dates back to 2004 when they were defeated by Monaco.

Ancelotti vs Guardiola – A battle that the Italian leads

The battle between Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola is evergreen. The two footballing masterminds have played each other in each of the last two UCLs and the fans have witnessed nothing but magic.

Ancelotti is the first manager to eliminate Guardiola in three different UCL campaigns. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, Ancelotti became the first manager to knock Guardiola out of the Champions League in three different campaigns. This includes wins in 2014 against Bayern Munich, 2002 vs Manchester City and the recent triumph.

Interestingly, all those eliminations came in the semi-final round and Ancelotti went on to win the 2014 and 2022 Champions League.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s win also meant that Real Madrid broke Manchester City’s 27-game no-loss streak.

For what it is worth, the road was not easy for Real Madrid to be where they are right now. City were always going to be dominant and they were, so much so that they attempted as many shots in the second leg as Real Madrid had possession (33).

Nevertheless, Madrid managed to defy the odds and are now one step closer to winning this season’s UEFA Champions League.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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