Wednesday October 23 2013
Ancelotti: 'Juve surprised me'

Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti was impressed by Juventus and “surprised” at the change of tactics.

“We lowered the tempo and controlled the situation in the second half,” he told Sky Sport Italia after the 2-1 Champions League victory.

“We lost a few too many balls, but it wasn’t necessary to push when Juve weren’t pressing us. Towards the end we gave the ball away too cheaply and Juve threatened on the counter.”

Antonio Conte – who was Ancelotti’s captain at Juventus – shelved his 3-5-2 system for this trip and moved to a 4-3-3.

“It was a good surprise changing to four at the back, probably to cover the flanks on Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Aside from that, Juve played very well and created a lot of problems for us, especially on the left. Carlos Tevez caused us a lot of problems too when he cut in, so overall Juventus played a very good game.”

Ancelotti has won titles in Italy, England and France, so how is he handling the pressure in Spain?

“There are many difficulties in Madrid. There’s trying to do something different to what they were used to last year, such as keeping possession, and the players don’t always find the right position. Things are improving rapidly, though this team has so much quality that we can do better.”

He was asked whether Gareth Bale is struggling to find space considering Real Madrid’s opponents tend to clam up and don’t allow him space to run into.

“Bale will find space on the flanks, both in a one-on-one and running behind them, as he has such extraordinary pace. He doesn’t have the characteristics to play in the middle.

“Will I try Ronaldo as a centre-forward? I said yesterday in the Press conference that I’m not crazy enough to change the position of a player who scores 50-60 goals per game.”

See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with