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Ancelotti ready to roll the dice to defeat Manchester City

MADRID (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti admitted yesterday that Real Madrid will have to gamble if they are to come from behind to beat Manchester City in the semi-final of the Champions League.

Madrid trail 4-3 after a thrilling first leg in Manchester last week as they look to pull off another comeback and reach the club’s first Champions League final since 2018.

“If we sit deep, we won’t concede 99 shots and if we get into their box they are going have a go at us but sometimes you have to take risks,” Ancelotti said in a press conference ahead of the second leg today (Thursday 3am Brunei Time).

“In these games we have scored a lot – four against PSG, five against Chelsea, three against City – so we have the quality to take risks.”

Real Madrid showed resilience and fight to come from behind against both Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 and Chelsea in the quarter-finals, but Ancelotti said they will need more than just character to defeat City.

“You don’t get to a final only with your heart,” Ancelotti said.

“Personality is an important part but you need individual quality, collective commitment – you need all this to reach a final, one of these things won’t be enough to get to the final.”

Luka Modric said the players are convinced they can go through as Real Madrid chase a 14th European Cup.

“We are very confident that we can come back, because we know that in the first match we did not play our best game and we still scored three goals,” Modric said.

Real Madrid’s Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior. PHOTO: AFP