Real Madrid's senior players helped Ancelotti mastermind comeback vs Man City

Carlo Ancelotti will have the chance to win his fourth Champions League title as a manager on May 28.

The Italian icon’s Real Madrid side qualified for the final on Wednesday night after a legendary two-legged battle with Manchester City.

Los Blancos won the tie 6-5 on aggregate following an astonishing 3-1 comeback victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It’s a match that will rank as one of the greatest in Ancelotti’s glittering managerial career and he certainly made some big calls to help turn the tide.

By the 75th minute, he’d withdrawn Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro from the field of play and replaced them with youngsters.

It certainly paid off, although it seems Ancelotti was not alone in making the decisions that helped instigate the comeback.

According to Kroos, who was replaced by the Rodrygo Goes in the 68th minute, the Real Madrid boss leaned on the wisdom of the senior players beside him.

Real Madrid players celebrate after beating Man City
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 04: Luka Modric, Vinicius Junior and Carlo Ancelotti, Head Coach of Real Madrid celebrate their side’s victory and progression to the UEFA Champions League Final after the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 04, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Ancelotti asked senior players who to bring on

The German midfielder told DAZN after the game: “The coach himself had a few doubts about who he would bring on and who not to bring on.

“We (Madrid’s players) have all seen a few football games ourselves. That allows you to exchange ideas a bit.

“That describes him (Ancelotti) really well and why things always work well with the team. It’s outstanding. In the end he decides, but of course he’s interested in our opinion.”

Listening to those packed full of footballing knowledge? A very wise call by Ancelotti.

Footage on social media shows one of the moments the former Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain boss asked for advice off of Kroos and club captain Marcelo while Jesus Vallejo prepared to enter the fray.

Take a look…

Video: Ancelotti talking to Kroos & Marcelo

Well played, Carlo.

Real Madrid will go into the final against Liverpool as slight underdogs, but the Champions League experience in the squad cannot be ignored.

A significant number of the players, including Kroos and Modric, have won the competition four times in recent years, including a historic ‘three-peat’ between 2016 and 2018.

But the fact the game won’t be played at the Bernabeu, the location of all of Real Madrid’s comebacks this season, certainly plays into Liverpool’s hands…

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