Ancelotti: "I apologize, the Rüdiger thing was a misunderstanding"


The Italian admits that things are “very clear” for the return against City and confesses that when he spoke of Rdiger’s ownership on Saturday, “I was referring to Rodrygo”

Ancelotti apologizes for Rdiger’s “misunderstanding” and Guardiola praises Real Madrid’s methodTHE WORLD (Video) / OLI SCARFF AFP (Photo)
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Carlo Ancelotti and Luka modric appeared in the press room of the etihad stadium 24 hours before the second leg of the semifinals against the Manchester City. Both, titles on their shoulders, showed the “calm” that reigns in the expedition of the real Madrid in the moments leading up to a game that can define the season. “My legacy is to enjoy every day“, he reflected, in comparison with “my legacy is that we have had a hell of a time these years” that Pep Guardiola had declared in the morning.

The Italian did not show his cards and apologized to the press, to which he had announced on Saturday that “rdiger be holder.” “I apologize, because it was a mistake. I thought you were asking me about Rodrygo, who was not on the bench. This increases the difficulty of the alignment, but I have a pretty clear idea. If we win I hit the lineup and if we lose, I miss the lineup,” he joked.

Ancelotti did not announce his lineup, but he did show some of his ideas. “Last year, the extreme Valverde thing allowed us to win the Champions League. And this year, Rodrygo has allowed us to get here without losing. I already have the decision made”, he explained. If the Brazilian starts as a starter, the transalpine coach will have to kill a player between Militao, Rdiger, Alaba, Camavinga and Valverde. Extremely complicated decision.

The coach of the white team confessed that they are not training on penalties and that tomorrow he expects “bad feelings” before the start of the duel. “As always,” he teased. “I will have bad feelings: What is Haaland going to score?that De Bruyne is going to score a goal from outside… I’ll have to think about Vini’s dribbling, that Karim is going to score… It’s not easy to get here and we’re going to enjoy it”.

Before, Luka modric he wanted to mention the “effort and daily behavior, in addition to the titles”. “What we do and our behavior when we don’t win is also important. But the titles are something that makes us feel proud, also the way to achieve it. It’s to admire.”

The Croatian remembered the Zidane’s talk before the final in Kiev, in 2018: “I still remember. It gives you extra motivation, but just by playing these games and doing it with Real Madrid you motivate yourself. But when you see that you are close to another final you want to give it your all We are close to doing something historic and impressive.”

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