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Ancelotti Confident in Real Madrid’s Champions League Prospects Despite Draw with Man City

Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has expressed confidence in his team’s ability to progress to the Champions League semifinals following their 3-3 draw with Manchester City.

Despite the deadlock in the first leg, Ancelotti remains optimistic, emphasizing the need to replicate their performance in the upcoming match.

In a thrilling encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, Bernardo Silva opened the scoring for City, only for Real Madrid to take the lead through a Rúben Dias own goal and Rodrygo’s finish. However, spectacular strikes from Phil Foden and Josko Gvardiol saw City regain the advantage before Fede Valverde’s equalizer leveled the tie.

Reflecting on the match, Ancelotti praised his team’s competitive spirit and highlighted their commitment to pressing high and unsettling City’s rhythm. While acknowledging missed opportunities, Ancelotti remains focused on implementing a similar game plan in the return leg at Manchester.

Drawing comparisons to last season’s encounter, where City emerged victorious, Ancelotti emphasized the intention to go toe-to-toe with their opponents this time. He expressed satisfaction with Real Madrid’s performance and hopes for a repeat in Manchester.

Meanwhile, City coach Pep Guardiola voiced concerns about the Bernabeu pitch, urging improvements to ensure optimal playing conditions. Despite the criticism, Guardiola remains confident in his team’s ability to adapt.

Addressing Foden’s injury, Guardiola assured that it was not a serious concern, indicating the player’s frustration at being substituted as a positive sign of his well-being.

As both teams prepare for the decisive second leg, the stage is set for another intense battle as Real Madrid seeks to overcome Manchester City’s challenge and advance in the Champions League.