Carlo Ancelotti warns Real Madrid about De Zerbi’s Shakhtar

Mon 18 October 2021 | 21:23

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned his side about their crucial Champions League clash with Roberto De Zerbi’s team Shakhtar Donetsk.

Real Madrid

will be looking to return to winning ways in the Champions League when they head to Kyiv on Tuesday night to take on

Shakhtar Donetsk

in Group D.

The La Liga giants have three points, while Shakhtar only managed one in two games.

“I know De Zerbi very well and he’s a good friend,”


said during his pre-match press conference


“He did really well at Sassuolo and his sides have a strong identity: they play really good football.

“The fact that we haven’t played with a strong identity is because something has happened in the games,”

Ancelotti continued


“At times, such as in the Espanyol game, I tried to defend with a 4-4-2 formation, but I’m now clear about the fact that this team has to set up in a 4-3-3 formation. There will be some games in which we go with a 4-3-3 without any real wingers, but this squad is more used to playing in a 4-3-3 formation and it’s the ideal set-up for these players”.

De Zerbi

was appointed Shakhtar coach in the summer after a three-year spell at Sassuolo.

Real Madrid and Shakhtar will meet again at the Bernabeu in the reverse fixture on November 3.

source: SportMob

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