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Carlo Ancelotti cautions Real Madrid about RB Leipzig

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has cautioned his players that they must bring their best performance against RB Leipzig to secure a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Los Blancos hold a narrow 1-0 lead from the initial leg in Germany, where Brahim Diaz netted a splendid solo goal.

Ancelotti’s team has faced frustration in their recent domestic matches, having been held to three draws in their last five outings. In a 2-2 draw against Valencia, Jude Bellingham was sent off after the final whistle, believing he had scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner.

Despite being considered favorites for the upcoming clash against Leipzig at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, Ancelotti emphasizes that his team cannot assume victory.

“It’s a big opportunity to progress in a competition that is very special for us, but we will have to be at our best,” Ancelotti told a press conference.

“The tie is not over, even if we do have a small advantage. We have to be at our best from the first minute to the last.

“The first leg was difficult against Leipzig, even though we created a lot of chances.

“We have to improve on that and be more dangerous because it’s going to be a different game tomorrow.

“They will look to play more in transition than us. Dealing with that defensively is going to be very important.”

Ancelotti provides an injury update ahead of RB Leipzig clash

Ancelotti stated that there are no new injury concerns following the weekend’s match. Captain Nacho Fernandez could be back in contention after missing some training due to a minor issue, which led to him starting on the bench against Valencia.

Meanwhile, English midfielder Bellingham, returning from an ankle injury, was sent off after the players surrounded the referee when his goal was disallowed. Madrid had previously rallied from a 2-0 deficit.

Ancelotti believes there is no need to exacerbate the situation further, especially with his team now seven points clear at the top of LaLiga.

“I have not spoken to Bellingham about this matter,” the Italian coach said.

“He is someone who tries to give everything on the pitch and he is doing very well.

“The red card the other day was a mistake. He was a bit frustrated, but he didn’t insult anyone.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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