Real Madrid’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has sent a warning to English football that other nations can challenge them in the Champions League, despite the Premier League teams’ favored status.
This follows Madrid’s 2-0 victory over 10-man Chelsea in the first leg of their quarter-final match on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid is on the verge of securing a spot in the semi-finals, with the return leg scheduled for April 18th at Stamford Bridge.
Should they proceed, they could face Manchester City, who are currently in control of their quarter-final against Bayern Munich.
The first leg of Manchester City’s quarter-final match against Bayern Munich resulted in a 3-0 victory at the Etihad on Tuesday evening, with the return leg scheduled for April 19th at the Allianz Arena.
Despite being the favorites to win the competition, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti claimed before their La Liga fixture against Cadiz on Saturday that he is unbothered by Manchester City’s status.
The 63-year-old Italian, who has managed Everton and Chelsea in the Premier League, stressed that teams from other leagues should not be overlooked.
“I’m not bothered, because the truth is that English football has teams that compete very well,” Ancelotti said.
“It doesn’t surprise me that the English are favourites, like Manchester City are now.
“However, I think even if there is a little difference, other regions showing they can compete.
“Spanish football took two teams to the semi-finals last year, this year Italy has three this year […].
“European football is much more competitive than people say.
“The English think they have the strongest league and the most spectacular league in the world, but the truth is when they come to Europe, they compete with teams with less money, but they continue to compete, such as Spain and Italy.”