Fri 03 March 2023 | 9:07

"We didn't let Barcelona play the way they want", says Ancelotti despite Copa del Rey first-leg defeat

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident his team can beat Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg.

Real Madrid

lost with one goal against their rivals


in the Copa Del Ray semi-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.

Real Madrid’s defender

Eder Militao

scored an own goal in the 26th minute. The second leg is at Camp Nou on April 5.

After the game, Ancelotti said he is happy with his team’s performance despite the result, and they can win at Camp Nou with a similar performance.

"The team played well,"

he told reporters.

"Barcelona played like they didn't want to play.

"We haven't been good in the last third. Defeat hurts, but if we do the same in the second leg, we have a chance to progress.

"We played the game we have to play: pressing, playing with intensity. We lacked a goal, but they did nothing to score. They were lucky with a rebound. We have 90 minutes [to turn it around]."

He added:

"We've failed, but we did not deserve to lose. But in 90 minutes we can score a goal in Barcelona."

Real Madrid forced Barcelona to just 35.3 percent of the possession, and Ancelotti insisted that they did not deserve to lose this match.

"It's a very bad result, undeserved, but it was a game well done on our part, with intensity and commitment.

"We didn't let Barca play the way they want. They had a very low block, not because they wanted to, but because we made them do it.

"It was difficult to have opportunities, we tried from outside the box, but they have great defenders and they gave us problems in the crosses.

"It was difficult to find spaces. They were very closed off. I have nothing to reproach. I am very happy and I am very excited to do the same in the second leg.

"They have an advantage, but we have all the confidence in the world to be able [to turn it around]."

source: SportMob

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