Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has identified ‘pedigree’ and ‘squad freshness’ as the two advantages his side has over Manchester City in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) first leg, Newsbreak reports.
The Spanish giants are widely seen as underdogs against Manchester City, although that is something that Real Madrid has been dealing with in the current UCL run.
Madrid were not really favoured to take down Chelsea in the quarter-final round, but were able to hold onto an aggregate victory thanks to a 3-1 first leg triumph.
Now, they’re set to face the potential Premier League champions in Man City, but Ancelotti says that a club the size of Real Madrid isn’t phased.
“The history that Real Madrid has in this competition counts for a lot,” Ancelotti said pre-match press conference.
“For Real Madrid, normally it is not a success to arrive at the semi-final,” he added. We want to get to the final, that would be a success so that’s the objective.”
Furthermore, the Italian tactician stated that considering his team haven’t played competitively since last Wednesday, his wards should be fresher.
“It’s difficult to say, but I think the players and the [City] team are used to playing every three days. Really, I don’t know if it’s better to play every three days.
“Of course you have more risk of injuries, but to recover from one game to another, the [Real] players are really using this experience. If they [City] have injuries in this kind of game.. but I don’t think we can take advantage of this.”