Carlo Ancelotti Pep Guardiola ‘no Surprises’ Message Ahead of Man City, Real Madrid Clash

Carlo Ancelotti Pep Guardiola ‘no Surprises’ Message Ahead of Man City, Real Madrid Clash

Rene Otinga
updated at April 17, 2024 at 7:20 AM
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  • Real Madrid visit Manchester City for the Champions League quarter-final second-leg
  • Both sides have an equal chance of progressing after a 3-3 first-leg result
  • Carlo Ancelotti sent a cheeky message to his opposite number ahead of the game

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had a message for Pep Guardiola as the two tacticians are set to renew their rivalry on Wednesday, April 17.

Los Blancos visit the Etihad for the quarter-final second leg of the tie in a game that could go either way after a 3-3 first-leg result.

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Carlo Ancelotti smiles during a press conference at the Etihad Stadium on April 16, 2024 in Manchester, England. Photo by Alex Livesey.
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Last season, the two sides met, and Manchester City emerged victorious, securing the club’s maiden Champions League title.

The Real Madrid boss will surely have learnt from last season’s mistakes and will be looking to avoid a repeat.

Ancelotti’s message to Guardiola

Ahead of the game, the Real Madrid boss gave the media a glimpse of how his team might line up for the second leg, with one player in particular being he focal point of talks.

The Italian confirmed his midfielder Eduardo Camavinga was likely to make the starting XI after the suspension of Aurelien Tchouameni.

“Are you sure he will play? (Laughs). Yes, come on, I think so too,” he said, as quoted on Football Espana.

He also assured his opponent, Guardiola, that there would be no ‘mind games’ ahead of the clash. His starting XI is likely to have the usual suspects.

Ancelotti, a four-time European champion, added: “(Pep Guardiola and I) know each other very well. He can rest assured, there won’t be any surprises (from me).”

Real Madrid's early team news

Two expected absentees are Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba who are injured, while Tchouameni remains suspended.

Vinicius Junior, Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Carvajal and Eder Militao all started on the bench for Los Blancos’ La Liga game against Mallorca, an indication that they could start for the Man City clash, according to Standard.

Bayern vs Arsenal, Wenger’s prediction

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on Arsene Wenger’s prediction on who would emerge on top between Bayern Munich and Arsenal.

According to the legendary Frenchman tactician, his former side are the favourites to progress to the semis of the Champions League.

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