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Carlo Ancelotti seemed to be pretending to be ignorant when asked about reports that Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is ready to sign for Real Madrid.
Thomas Tuchel revealed over the weekend that Rudiger had informed him of his desire to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The German national team player will reportedly sign a deal to join Madrid this week.
Asked about Rudiger by beIN SPORTS after Madrid’s 4-3 Champions League semi-final defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday, Ancelotti replied with a smile: “Toni? Who is it?
“He’s a Chelsea player until … He’s still a Chelsea player and I can ‘t say anything about that.”
Ancelotti highlighted Madrid’s defense as a key factor in their loss to City.
Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net within 11 minutes at the Etihad Stadium – the earliest Madrid have closed twice in a single Champions League match.
Karim Benzema retired on his 600th appearance for the club, and Vinicius Junior found the back of the net after Phil Foden nodded a post from Fernandinho in the second half.
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Bernardo Silva restored City’s two-goal pillow before Benzema gave Madrid a bit of extra hope with a bold Panenka after a handball in the box by Aymeric Laporte.
“You can not cover a position with four defenders, you have to help with a midfielder,” said Ancelotti.
‘There were losses in individual duels, so we need to pay more attention. With the ball we had opportunities. However, we suffered a little without it. But we must have confidence.
“We came out of the first match with a result that is not good because we have conceded four goals and not defended well.
“We hurt City with the ball, but what we have to do is defend better. The result can change in the other leg. They are a very strong team – they showed it tonight – but we competed. To defend better is the key to reaching the final. ”
Madrid will be crowned LaLiga champions if they get a point in Espanyol on Saturday, but Ancelotti have no plans to deny players a chance to celebrate ahead of Wednesday’s return match against City at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“If we are able to win the league, we will of course celebrate it. And that will help us to Wednesday’s match,” he added.