Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed what he told his substitutes during the second leg of their UEFA champions semifinal clash with Manchester City.
Ancelotti had introduced Rodrygo in the second half, same as Marco Asensio and Eduardo Camavinga.
The decision worked magic as Real Madrid came from behind again to beat the English Champions 6-5 on agreegate and book a final place with Liverpool.
Real was trailing 1-0 at home with 2 minutes to play, then substitute Rodrygo scored a brace to take the game to extra time.
Real got the important third in the first half extra time when Karim Benzema converted a penalty, he won when he tried to smash home a low cross from another substitute Camavinga.
The Madrid boss however explained the reason, behind the moves.
“I preferred to change something. Kross, Casemiro and Modric played a great game, but energy is fundamental when the match is open and there are no more tactics,” explained the ex-Milan coach.
Ancelotti also revealed what he usually tell his substitutes when they are about to come on.
“I told the players yesterday that those who finish the game are more important than those starting and all of them [substitutes] did well. Jesus Vallejo has managed ten minutes this season, but he played five minutes tonight and won all headers.”
Following the victory, Ancelotti has become the first coach to reach the Champions League Final five times.
He holds the record for the most victories in the competition, along with Zizou Zidane and Bob Paisley (three each).
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