By Mike McGrath
Carlo Ancelotti has put collectively a possession-based sport to interrupt Manchester Metropolis’s formidable Champions League dwelling document and has referred to as for “bravery and character” from his Actual Madrid gamers on the Etihad Stadium.
Metropolis haven’t misplaced a European match on dwelling soil for 25 matches, which is a document for an English group within the competitors. However Ancelotti says his group can lastly produce an away win by taking management of possession and ravenous service to 51-goal striker Erling Haaland.
Ancelotti will draw on his membership’s expertise at this stage, reaching the semi-finals 11 occasions in 13 years, to succeed in one other closing after the 1-1 draw on the Bernabeu final week when his group conceded 70% possession within the first half.
“Within the first leg we managed to have possession of the ball, it was powerful for them to pay money for it. If we are able to have extra possession than them, if we are able to have the ball, it’s much less of threat for defensive conditions,” stated the Actual supervisor.
“Bravery, braveness and character are important elements. These video games put you below big stress. For those who’ve not bought the character and character should recover from the problem, all about character and character, that may affect how a lot you present your high quality. Could have moments once we endure however that’s regular.”
Actual’s group bus was late to select up the Spanish giants from Manchester Airport, inflicting them to be late for the media duties and open coaching. Ancelotti reported no harm worries, leaving him with the choice on whether or not to recall Éder Militão to his defence. He says he is not going to simply give attention to stopping Haaland.
“Once we consider a group you don’t simply consider one participant, if you happen to management Haaland you possibly can’t neglect (Bernardo) Silva or the others, (Kevin) De Bruyne. We chat with coaches, if they’ve to attain then hopefully it’s early so we’ve got an opportunity to get again within the sport.”
Ancelotti additionally insisted the price of every group is not going to matter, including: “For those who assume you’re the finest group on this planet it doesn’t make it 100% certain you’ll win, it’s not simply high quality in a semi-final, it may be character, mentality, character, it’s not solely high quality.”