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“The video that I played for the players before the game was of the comebacks, it ended with ‘One more to go’, and we have achieved it,” revealed the Italian coach
«It is the greatness of this club, that it does not allow you to lower your arms. When it seems that everything is over, it gives you the strength to continue, to fight, to fight, to believe…”, Carlo Ancelotti congratulated after sealing the pass to the Champions League final, before revealing that as motivation he gave them before the match his players a video with the eight comebacks of Real Madrid this season. “The video ended with ‘One more to go’, and we have achieved it,” added the Italian coach, who as a coach has already won three Champions Leagues and in Paris will have the opportunity to win the fourth,
“When it was seen that the match was ending we looked for the last bit of energy. When you are able to draw at the end you have a psychological advantage. The dynamics were good, it was a different energy”, acknowledged Ancelotti, who described the second leg of the semifinals as “very competitive” and admitted that “reaching a final is a success”.
The Real Madrid coach stressed that his team “did well in the first half, but they lacked a bit of success”. “We forced the long pass more instead of enjoying Karin more in the last third of the field,” he lamented. He also acknowledged that the king of Europe played “a very tough round of 16 (against PSG) and quarters (against Chelsea9).
Ancelotti was asked if after eliminating Manchester City he was going to celebrate with a cigar, as he did with his players during the celebration of the League title last Saturday, and he replied: “I don’t smoke cigars. It was a photo with my friends, because the players are my friends.