Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he plans to join Manchester City and create an open game but admitted he did not encourage his Real Madrid players to do so
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Carlo Ancelotti admitted his Real Madrid side did not stick to their game plan in Tuesday night’s defeat Manchester City.
The Los Blancos manager looked for his side to defend first at the Etihad but his back four didn’t turn up Champions League, see to it with his strikers real Madrid are still in that tie. Ancelotti was asked if he plans to go to Man City and create an open game and admitted he didn’t encourage his players to do so.
“Not really, no [the plan wasn’t to attack Gung-Ho]’ said Ancelotti after the game. “The plan was to defend better. We started very badly and conceded two goals early on.
“But then we were able to react and we reacted very well. We stayed in the game and we’re staying in this round. We’re playing at home and our fans have been able to help us.”
As for the game itself, Ancelotti added: “It sure was easy to read this game. We have to defend better. [Pep] Guardiola can say the same. The forwards played better than the defenders.”
Man City must now travel to Spain for the second leg of the semi-finals, where Real Madrid are believed to be favorites to beat their rivals. But Ancelotti is keen to keep the pressure on Guardiola’s side and reminds the world they are the ones with something to lose ahead of the game.
He added: ” Manchester City has the advantage that they have one more goal. But I think everything is open at the Bernabeu.”
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Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring for the Citizens in the second minute on Tuesday with a close-range header. Gabriel Jesus doubled the home side’s lead after 11 minutes and Man City appeared to be running away with the competition.
But Karim Benzema halved the deficit before the break. Phil Foden restored Man City’s two-goal lead after half-time, but Real Madrid regained it through Vinicius Jr just two minutes later.
Bernardo Silva scored City’s last goal of the night as Guardiola’s side tried to finally take control of the tie. But a Real penalty saw Benzema net against a cheeky Panenka to hold Madrid back in the game.
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