‘Barça play defensive football?’ Ancelotti: “He defended well, I was a little surprised”

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was surprised by Barcelona’s defensive football. 

Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of the 2022-2023 Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) semifinals held at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain at 5:00 am (Korean time) on the 3rd. The two teams will decide who will advance to the final in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Barcelona played defensive football that day. It was different from usual, leading the game with many passes. As Real pushed hard from the beginning, they aimed for a counterattack with defensive operation. In terms of the number of passes, Real Madrid had 680 and Barcelona had 380, a big difference. But it was Barcelona that was effective. Real had none of their 13 shots on target. On the other hand, Barcelona had two of its four shots on goal and one was on goal. 

Barcelona’s winning goal came in the 26th minute of the first half. Midfielder Frank Kessie dug into the back space and overcame the defensive interference and calmly fired the shot. The ball hit Real defender Eder Militao’s leg and went into the goal. 스마일 토토 It was initially declared offside, but the goal was awarded after a video review (VAR). 

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Ancelotti said of Barcelona’s defensive football: “It’s a little surprising to see them play this kind of football. But they defended very well. They were strong in that respect. We made a lot of passes but not the best “he said.

Even so, I was confident that I could win the second round. Ancelotti said: “I think today’s game was good because it was strong and there was a lot of pressure. They only had 35 per cent possession. They lacked impact in the last third. It was a game we wanted to play, but it wasn’t the result. “I’m confident in the game. I’ll play this game again at Camp Nou. The goal came from one mistake.” 

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