Carlo Ancelotti: Bizzare Reason Why Real Madrid Manager Ordered Change of Hotel in Manchester

Carlo Ancelotti: Bizzare Reason Why Real Madrid Manager Ordered Change of Hotel in Manchester

Isaac Darko
April 17, 2024 at 6:19 PM

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti made an uncommon request for a change of hotel in Manchester for their UEFA Champions League quarter-finals tie against Manchester City.

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The 14-time European winners will lock horns against Pep Guardiola's side on Wednesday evening, looking for their first victory at the Etihad Stadium, after three successive defeats in east Manchester.

Manchester City aims to eliminate Los Blancos for the second season in a row this midweek, following their 4-0 victory over the Spanish club in last year's semi-final second leg, contributing to their historic treble and first-ever Champions League trophy.

Since their loss to Real Madrid in May 2022, Manchester City has remained undefeated in the Champions League. They head into Wednesday's return fixture with a 3-3 draw, following a dominant first-leg performance at the Santiago Bernabéu last Tuesday.

Real Madrid travelled to Manchester on Tuesday ahead of the return leg, with either Bayern Munich or Arsenal awaiting the winners in the semi-finals of the competition.

Ancelotti reportedly requested a major change for this season’s visit to Manchester, with the Italian gaffer having ordered a switch of City Centre hotels for the squad to stay in before and after the match.

Madrid Universal relay a report by Spanish journalist Edu Aguirre, who said that:

“Ancelotti is superstitious. In the last two seasons, Real Madrid came here and lost twice, while they slept in a hotel different from this one. Ancelotti has now changed hotels because he wants to break the curse.”

Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that their squad would be staying at The Lowry hotel.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)