Real Madrid, the reigning 14-time record champion, hosts Pep Guardiola’s hungry visitor Manchester City in the first leg, spearheaded by Norwegian hitman Haaland.
Carlo Ancelotti said his Real Madrid side must stop Manchester City’s whole platoon and not just striker Erling Haaland when they meet in the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday.
The reigning 14- time record champion hosts Pep Guardiola’s empty caller in the first leg commanded by Norwegian hitman Haaland, who boasts 51 pretensions in 45 games across all competitions.
The 22- time-old has indented 12 of those in eight titleholders League matches, but Ancelotti said his plan was to try and balk a City side that looks “ impregnable ” as a whole.
“Obviously Haaland is a veritably dangerous player. He’s showing emotional rates, over all in goalscoring. He’s a trouble obviously, ” Ancelotti told a news conference on Monday.
“Just talking about Erling Haaland means not talking about a complete platoon that plays good football, defends well, attacks, that has ideas.
“We ’re not setting up for a game to stop Haaland, but to stop a platoon that seems impregnable, but I suppose we can have chances to have an equal game, one that we can win. ”
City has been baffled time and time again in its hunt to win the title holders League, but Haaland’s murderous edge gives it a strong chance of beating Madrid and reaching the final.
Ancelotti said he allowed Manchester City has further avenues to beget peril with Haaland in the side.
“It’s a more complete platoon than last time. They had a veritably good forward in Gabriel Jesus, but he has different characteristics to Haaland, ” continued the Italian trainer.
“moment, they can take advantage further of long balls, because they’ve a veritably altitudinous striker, and behind him is( Kevin) De Bruyne, so they can win balls in the air.
“They’ve not changed their style, they’re veritably well organised at the reverse and a platoon that handles the ball veritably well. ”
Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney lately suggested City would “ blow down ” Madrid in the tie, a comment which Los Blancos midfielder Toni Kroos laughed off.
Madrid beat Manchester City in last season’s semifinals despite losing in the first leg, and the German was quick to recall it.
“It was the same a time ago, no? That Madrid were out, and we did it, ” Kroos told journalists.
“I flash back words from last time, not Rooney’s– who’s a joe I like a lot, piecemeal from what he said– but it doesn’t affect us.
“It doesn’t motivate us more either, because it’s insolvable to be more motivated than we are. ” Know More Latest Football News…