Kroos HELPED Ancelotti over Real Madrid subs in Man City win
Toni Kroos reveals he HELPED Carlo Ancelotti on the touchline over which Real Madrid substitutes to bring on against Manchester City… as the manager ‘had doubts’ about who he should bring on to inspire their comeback victory
- Real Madrid produced a magnificent comeback to beat Manchester City
- Toni Kroos was hooked off shortly before Riyad Mahrez looked to kill the tie
- The German says he advised Ancelotti over which substitutions to make
- Ancelotti’s three chances in regular time all had a part to play in their comeback
Toni Kroos has revealed he had a part to play over who Real Madrid should bring off the bench to inspire their incredible comeback against Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final.
The German midfielder was the first player to be hooked off by Carlo Ancelotti with 22 minutes of the game left to play, with Brazilian forward Rodrygo coming on in his place.
Manchester City took the lead just five minutes later, and Ancelotti had some big calls to make with his side needing two goals in 17 minutes plus stoppage time to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Real Madrid will play Liverpool in the final of the Champions League after a great comeback
Toni Kroos revealed he advised Carlo Ancelotti over which substitutions to make in the game
Madrid’s substitutions paid off as Kroos hugs Ancelotti after a famous night at the Bernabeu
After their stunning 6-5 aggregate victory, Kroos admitted to DAZN, as per Goal, that he helped the Italian manager choose who should come off the bench.
He said: ‘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.’
Kroos had a quiet game and was hooked by Ancelotti in place of the hero of the night Rodrygo
Eduardo Camavinga then came on and was involved in the build-up for Madrid’s first goal
Marco Asensio flicked on a cross for Rodrygo to score again and take the game to extra-time
Shortly after Riyad Mahrez found the back of the net, Ancelotti made a big call in taking off midfielders Luka Modric and Casemiro and replacing them with Marco Asensio and Eduardo Camavinga.
All three of Ancelotti’s changes in regular time would go on to have a huge influence in the game.
In the 90th minute, Benzema steered a Camavinga cross into the middle where Kroos’ replacement Rodrygo was there to tuck home.
Just one minute later, Dani Carvajal’s cross was flicked on by Asensio to Rodrygo who headed past Ederson to take the game to extra time.
Real Madrid boss Ancelotti became the first manager to reach five Champions League finals
Benzema gave Los Blancos the lead on aggregate when he won and scored a penalty in the 95th minute.
Ancelotti would then bring on Dani Ceballos, Jesus Vallejo and Lucas Vazquez, in a bid to keep their 3-1 lead on the night which would book their place in Paris.
It was a massive achievement for Ancelotti, who reached his fifth Champions League final as a manager.
Real Madrid will play Liverpool on May 28, which will be the former Everton manager’s third final in the competition against the Reds.
Share this article
Source: Read Full Article