Friday, May 27

Carlo Ancelotti reveals what formation Real Madrid will play vs Liverpool in Champions League final

Are you listening, Jurgen? Carlo Ancelotti reveals Real Madrid will line-up in a 4-3-3 formation against Liverpool in the Champions League final and NOT the 4-4-1-1 setup that saw them knock Manchester City out

  • Real Madrid beat Levante 6-0 on Thursday and have already wrapped up LaLiga
  • All focus is now on the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 28 
  • Carlo Ancelotti was unnerved as he revealed his tactical plan for the final 
  • The Italian said his side will play 4-3-3, though ‘sometimes ending up as 4-4-2’ 

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of the Champions League final by revealing what formation his side will use against Liverpool

The Italian coach, targeting his second European Cup with the Spanish giants after a triumph in 2014 during his first spell in charge, saw his side thrash Levante 6-0 on Thursday night. 

Madrid have already sealed the LaLiga title and now all focus is on the Champions League final in Paris on May 28 – and Ancelotti seemed unnerved by speaking about his tactical plans for the Stade de France. 

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of the Champions League final by revealing what formation his side will use against Liverpool

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of the Champions League final by revealing what formation his side will use against Liverpool

The Italian coach, targeting his second European Cup with the Spanish giants after a triumph in 2014 during his first spell in charge, saw his side thrash Levante 6-0 on Thursday

The Italian coach, targeting his second European Cup with the Spanish giants after a triumph in 2014 during his first spell in charge, saw his side thrash Levante 6-0 on Thursday

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed what formation his side will use versus Liverpool

When asked how his side will set-up for the match, as covered by Spanish outlet Diario AS, he said: ‘4-3-3. Sometimes it could end up as a 4-4-2. 

‘I don’t think there is a defined system, sometimes in order to press the pivot, as we did against City, you go from 4-3-3 to 4-4-1-1. 

‘The idea doesn’t change much, just the manner of defending the opponent a little.’

The primary selection dilemma for Ancelotti is likely to be centered around whether semi-final hero Rodrygo will earn a starting place. 

The primary selection dilemma is likely to be centered around whether Rodrygo will start

The primary selection dilemma is likely to be centered around whether Rodrygo will start

The primary selection dilemma is likely to be centered around whether Rodrygo will start

The Brazilian has been used mostly as a substitute in their run to the final. with the versatile Fede Valverde preferred as a makeshift option out on the right. 

But with the switch to a more conventional three midfielders-three forwards formation, Rodrygo could line up alongside compatriot Vinicius Jr and captain Karim Benzema in just over two weeks’ time. 

Madrid have two league games left, against Cadiz and Real Betis, before the final, while Liverpool also have two Premier League matches left as well as the FA Cup final tomorrow against Chelsea.  


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