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  • Updated: February 09, 2023

At 2-0, Real Madrid Start To Dribble Too Much — Ancelotti

At 2-0, Real Madrid Start To Dribble Too Much — Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed disappointment in his team's performance during their 4-1 win over Egypt's Al Ahly in the Club World Cup semifinal.

Despite taking a comfortable 2-0 lead early in the second half, Ancelotti felt that his team became complacent and began to dribble excessively.

"When we were leading 2-0, we thought that the game was over and started to dribble a little too much," Ancelotti stated. "This is a tournament that Real Madrid have a lot to lose and nothing to win. We thought that the game was won 2-0 and things are not like that, we have relaxed and it cannot be like that."

Ancelotti emphasized the importance of maintaining focus throughout the entire game and not becoming overconfident even when ahead. The Italian manager's words proved to be prescient as Al Ahly earned a penalty which was converted by Ali Maaloul, giving Real a scare.

Despite missing a penalty three minutes from the end of the game, Real managed to secure a comfortable win in stoppage time with goals from Rodrygo and substitute Arribas. Ancelotti acknowledged that while the win was not easy, his team ultimately played quite well.

"You have to play well and concentrate until the end of the match. We went through a few though minutes until Modric's penalty...We have not won easily but we have won quite well."

Real Madrid will face Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the final on Saturday, and Ancelotti confirmed that forward Karim Benzema and defender Eder Militao, who stayed behind in Madrid for treatment of their injuries, will join the team and could potentially be available for the final match.

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