Ancelotti: History gives Real Madrid advantage in the Champions League

Mon 25 April 2022 | 18:37

Carlo Ancelotti says Real Madrid's history in the Champions League gives them an advantage when they face Manchester City on Tuesday.

Real Madrid

will face

Manchester City

in the first leg of the

Champions League

semi-finals at Etihad stadium.

Real have won this competition 13 times but City only appeared in the Champions League final for the first time last year.

"The history that Real Madrid has in this competition means a lot to us, more than to our rivals,"

Ancelotti said.

"This story, which has grown over all these years, helps players feel the weight of this shirt. It is positive, not negative.

"The pressure is similar, there is a lot of pressure. For Madrid, it is not usually a success to reach the semi-final, we want to reach the final, which is a success. It is the goal. If it arrives, Real Madrid usually has more options to win it because of our history.”

Former Chelsea manager talked about his tactics for the game against Pep Guardiola’s team.

"If you don't have a compact team against City you will lose, so you have to be compact. The defence will play a very important part in tomorrow's game."

Ancelotti also said David Alaba and Casemiro both remain doubtful for tomorrow’s game.

"From what we saw in training yesterday. [Ferland] Mendy is fine. We have some doubts with Alaba and, above all, Casemiro,"

he added.

"We have much more confidence with Alaba than with Casemiro. If Casemiro doesn't play, he will be available for the [second leg]."

source: SportMob

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