Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti expects a fierce battle in the Champions League: “Will have to be at the top level for 180 minutes”


The clash in the round of 16 of the Champions League is scheduled for Tuesday night at Anfield, with the first leg between Liverpool and Cup holder Real Madrid, a re-edit of last year’s final, in which the Madrilenians won thanks to an unforgettable match from Thibaut Courtois and a goal from Vinicius with the smallest difference.


“As far as I’m concerned, Liverpool hasn’t changed,” Real coach Carlo Ancelotti told the press conference on Monday. “The final of last season is also still in the back of my mind. That was a hard-fought match. Liverpool may have had a bit more possession, but we were good at the back and if you are good defensively you can pick something up against Liverpool. The situation, on the other hand, is completely different now. There is a return leg and so we will have to be at the top level for 180 minutes instead of 90.”

“We will have to be at our best if we want to return to Madrid with a good result. But as said: we have already succeeded against them and we want to do that again tomorrow/Tuesday”, added Luka Modric.

Midfielders Aurélien Tchouaméni and Toni Kroos are not there due to illness, so Ancelotti will have to move. “Honestly, I don’t know yet. I have to choose between a more controlling option or a more attacking team. But apparently I’m not the only one who asks myself that question and that makes me happy,” Ancelotti concluded with a wink.

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