Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has said that his was not conservative in their 1-nil loss to Paris Saint-German in France on Tuesday.
The Los Blancos who were second-best for much of the tie fell to a Kylian Mbappe solo goal at the death in the first leg Champions League last 16 clash with Les Parisens.
The record winners of the Champions League were able to register just three shots with none on target, compared to PSG’s 21, and recorded 43% possession of the ball.
But Ancelotti has insisted that while his men were resolute defensively, he drew the line at labelling his tactics as ‘conservative’.
“We were quite good defensively. But we weren’t very aggressive. We couldn’t keep the ball and missed a lot of passes,” Ancelotti admitted.
“Our three midfielders [Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric] usually miss fewer passes than they missed today. We couldn’t play out of their pressure in our half of the pitch. We couldn’t bring it out cleanly and play it to Asensio or Vinícius or even Benzema. It’s not complicated.”
“With the ball, we didn’t do what we wanted. Normally we don’t have that problem because we have quality players. Today, it didn’t come off.”
“Being conservative would be Courtois kicking every ball long. But we always tried to play out from the back. It didn’t work because we suffered too much from their pressure.”
“We played a low block and could have been more aggressive, I agree, but it wasn’t a conservative approach. We tried to play with the ball like we normally do, but it didn’t come off tonight.”
Ancelotti’s Real Madrid will host the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeau on the March 9, 2022, with former club captain and legend, Sergio Ramos, expected to make a return to Madrid since his exit from the club in July 2021.
This article was updated 9 months ago