How Ancelotti outsmarted Guardiola to help Real Madrid beat Manchester City in the Champions League

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Pulse-gh May 5, 2022 5:43 a.m.

How Ancelotti outsmarted Guardiola to help Real Madrid beat Manchester City in the Champions League

Angry Villarreal director blasts UCL ref for 'evil' decisions vs Liverpool How Pep Guardiola ‘the overthinker’ lost the Champions League final spot 'Blame Yaya Toure and his babalawo' - Reactions as Benzema and Rodrygo help Real Madrid kill Guardiola's Champions League dream Real Madrid started the game with a 4-4-2 diamond formation with Fede Valverde given the mobility to join the front two, Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema.

Needless to say, it paid dividends as Rodrygo scored two dramatic late goals to send the game to extra time and then sealed passage to the final thanks to Karim Benzema’s penalty Having been there and done it many times, Ancelotti smelled blood in the water and his team turned up the intensity, putting in a barrage of crosses and progressing the ball into the opposition penalty area more times in those closing minutes than they had managed the whole game.

While City’s collapse was mostly Pep Guardiola’s fault, Carlo Ancelotti also made some tactical adjustments to shift the tie in Real Madrid’s favour..

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