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  • Updated: March 14, 2023

Real Madrid Won't Be Complacent Against Liverpool Despite 3-Goal Advantage — Ancelotti

Real Madrid Won't Be Complacent Against Liverpool Despite 3-

Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid will not be complacent against Liverpool in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at home despite their three-goal advantage from the first leg, coach Carlo Ancelotti emphasized in a pre-match conference on Tuesday.

"On a psychological level, I think the game is more complicated for us than for Liverpool. Liverpool will have to go all the way to get the best from the first minute, no matter what," Ancelotti stated.

He acknowledged that Liverpool is well capable of springing a dramatic Champions League upset at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, despite the result of the first leg. "We will try to go all in out there from the first minute, but we have more questions and responsibility than our rival," he added.

Ancelotti also pointed out the lessons learned from last season's quarterfinal against Chelsea, where Real won the first leg 3-1 in London but fell behind 3-0 at home, eventually securing a 3-2 result that ensured their place in the semifinals.

"The Chelsea game is very much alive in our minds. It will help us to play a different game (on Wednesday)... We are not going to play a closed game but play our best offensive soccer. The players understand that. That's why I think it will be an open game," Ancelotti said.

He emphasized that the team needs to do both things well - defend and attack - but their focus will be more on attacking. "We have to do both things well: defend and attack, but we're thinking more about attacking," Ancelotti stated.

Defender Antonio Ruediger also agreed with his manager, saying that they cannot afford to fall asleep and must approach the game better than they did in Anfield. "For me, it's an honour to be here and to play with teammates of the level of (Karim) Benzema and (Luka) Modric. We will play our best to advance," Ruediger added.

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