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Ancelotti prepares Madrid for Dortmund reprise

Published: Tuesday 1 April 2014, 20.08CET
After analysing Real Madrid CF's exit to Borussia Dortmund last year, Carlo Ancelotti said they were "100% ready" to play a side Jürgen Klopp knows are facing "adversity".
by Marcos Prieto
from Madrid
Ancelotti prepares Madrid for Dortmund reprise
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti speaks to the media ahead of the Dortmund game ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

Real MadridDortmund

Goals scored41
 
18
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts208
 
141
on target127
 
87
off target81
 
54
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork5
 
5
Corners62
 
53
Offsides34
 
23
Yellow cards24
 
19
Red Cards1
 
1
Fouls committed126
 
153
Fouls suffered161
 
125
Passes8480
 
5619
completed6678
 
4003

Press kits

  • Match press kit (local language)
 
Published: Tuesday 1 April 2014, 20.08CET

Ancelotti prepares Madrid for Dortmund reprise

After analysing Real Madrid CF's exit to Borussia Dortmund last year, Carlo Ancelotti said they were "100% ready" to play a side Jürgen Klopp knows are facing "adversity".

Having reviewed tapes of Real Madrid CF's semi-final exit to Borussia Dortmund in last season's UEFA Champions League, Carlo Ancelotti hopes his side are ready to make amends as they meet in the 2013/14 quarter-finals, while Jürgen Klopp has asked his team to "play our game and keep our heads up".

Madrid
Carlo Ancelotti, coach

We have done well in the competition up until now, we are one of only two teams unbeaten. We are 100% ready for this match.

Dortmund are missing Robert Lewandowski which is an important loss for them. They are a compact team and have excellent transition play [from defence to attack]. They have injuries but that won't change their style. I admire their coach a lot. He has done a fantastic job there. He got to the final of the Champions League last season which is a big achievement for any coach.

I watched [Madrid's semi-final] against Dortmund from last season. They were strange matches. I thought that in the first leg Madrid had good control in the first half. The second half was incredible. In the UEFA Champions League, things like that can happen.

We are going to try to play an attacking game because we need a positive result. However, we will need to watch out for Dortmund on the counterattack.

Weekend result
Saturday:
Real Madrid 5-0 Rayo Vallecano de Madrid (Ronaldo 15, Carvajal 55, Bale 68 70, Morata 78)
López; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão; Illarramendi (Isco 62), Alonso, Di María (Casemiro 70); Bale, Benzema (Morata 73), Ronaldo.

• After two straight Liga losses against FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC, dropping them to third place, Ancelotti's side bounced back in style but they are still three points behind leaders Club Atlético de Madrid.

Team news
Marcelo will likely miss both legs with a hamstring injury, leaving Ancelotti with adjustments to make. "Fábio Coentrão is ready to come in," he said. "He is fresh and hasn't played many games. We will cover this absence well."

Dortmund
Jürgen Klopp, coach
I'm not a magician but we have had to get over much adversity this season. I have very good players and my duty is to make them better; so far we've done that very well. Our players that don't feature in every game are going to grow up in this match.

Real Madrid are more flexible now. The speed of their game is amazing. Barcelona, Madrid and Bayern are the best. We have to keep on evolving. Last year we were a barrier for Madrid and we are going to try to do that again.

Playing the second leg at home may be a slight advantage but I fear Madrid trying to settle the tie here. I have seen many of their games and they never finish a match without one scoring opportunity. They have incredible quality and we can't ignore that. If we play our game and keep our heads up, we will have chances.

This stadium is amazing and we are going to need 'cojones'. Madrid are favourites but they've also had their problems this season, although they're better now with [Gareth] Bale and with [Ángel] Di María showing all their quality. We are used to not being favourites and becoming uncomfortable opponents. Nobody should leave us spaces because we can be very dangerous.

It won't be a catastrophe if we lose. Not many teams can say they have done what we have achieved in the last ten years. Maybe we won't have possession but one-on-one duels could be decisive, although [Robert] Lewandowski's absence is a pity for us. We are not ready to play without him but we are going to do our best. Let's see what happens.

Weekend result
Saturday: VfB Stuttgart 2-3 Dortmund (Gentner 9, Harnik 19; Reus 30 68pen 82)
Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Papastathopoulos, Hummels, Durm; Kehl, Kirch (Aubameyang 60); Hofmann (Jojić 76), Mkhitaryan (Sahin 60), Reus; Lewandowski.

• Marco Reus scored his third Bundesliga hat-trick for a comeback win, the first time Dortmund had recovered from two down for victory since November 2003.

Team news
Lewandowski is suspended on top of injuries to Neven Subotić (knee), Marcel Schmelzer (groin), Jannick Bandowski (foot), Sven Bender (groin), İlkay Gündoğan (back) and Jakub Błaszczykowski (knee). Łukasz Piszczek suffered muscular problems in the build-up to Saturday's match and stayed on the bench for 90 minutes.

Match fact
• The sides met four times in 2012/13. In the group stage Dortmund won 2-1 at home and drew 2-2 away; in the semi-finals BVB prevailed 4-1 at home and held on in Madrid after falling 2-0 behind in the last seven minutes to Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos goals.

Last updated: 01/04/14 20.37CET

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