Ancelotti showed Real stars comeback montage before Man City miracle

REVEALED: Carlo Ancelotti showed his Real Madrid players a montage of their eight comebacks this season in the dressing room to inspire miracle turnaround against Manchester City

  • Carlo Ancelotti played footage of Real Madrid’s fightbacks in the dressing room
  • They produced a turnaround to beat Man City to reach Champions League final
  • The LaLiga giants have come from behind on eight occasions in 2021-22 season
  • Ecstatic Real stars celebrate stunning comeback against Pep Guardiola’s side

Carlo Ancelotti showed his team a video of their comebacks this season in the dressing room before they pulled off another miracle against Manchester City last night.

‘We have had eight comebacks this season and we put them together then with the message at the end: we need one more,’ said the Italian coach.

Asked if he could now use Wednesday night’s comeback for another video before the final he joked: ‘Well at least we start the final 0-0!’

Real Madrid produced a miracle to beat Manchester City to reach the Champions League final 

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti showed players footage of their sensational comebacks this season

Asked if he would smoke another cigar following the victory he said: ‘I don’t smoke cigars. It was just a photo with friends. The players are my friends.’

The club’s usually glacial director Emilio Butragueno began his post-match interview: ‘One of these days my heart is going to stop because of these games.’

While match commentator Manolo Lama said: ‘The best news for Liverpool is that the game is not played at the Bernabeu.’ 

Others marvelled at the fact that this season’s three comebacks have all taken place in a stadium under renovation.

Spanish radio presenter Juanma Castana joked the club should think about keeping it the way it is. 

He said: ‘Keep the canvas tarpaulin! What that tarpaulin has seen, no tarpaulin has seen. When they take it away they should cut it up and sell it to fans. What is under that canvas?’

Real have fought back eight times this season, including against PSG (above) in Europe

Los Blancos also came from behind in the league match against Sevilla, winning 3-2 away


May 4: Real Madrid vs Man City 3-1 (6-5 agg)

April 17: Sevilla vs Real Madrid 2-3

April 12: Real Madrid vs Chelsea 2-3 (5-4 agg)

March 9: Real Madrid vs PSG 3-1 

March 5: Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad 4-1

November 28: Real Madrid vs Sevilla 2-1

September 19: Valencia vs Real Madrid 1-2

September 12: Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo 5-2

Another commentator said: ‘We have ex-players and coaches in the media to explain things. We need shamans or psychiatrists to explain this.’

Real were minutes away from being dumped out of Europe following Riyad Mahrez’s 73rd-minute strike to give Pep Guardiola’s side a two-goal cushion.

But Los Blancos never gave up with 21-year-old winger Rodrygo scoring in the 90th and 91st minutes of the match to take the Champions League semi-final to extra time with the score level at 5-5 on aggregate.

The epic turnaround was complete when Karim Benzema converted a penalty in the opening five minutes of the additional period.

Spain’s national papers reacted to Real’s dramatic late comeback with incredulity on Thursday morning. 

Madrid-based publications took extra pleasure in rubbing salt in former Barcelona boss Guardiola’s wounds.

AS ran the headline: ‘Real Madrid are from another world’. They added: ‘The most sought-after image doesn’t disappoint: Guardiola’s face is GOLD!’

Marca opted for a similar front page of the players running towards fans at full time in scenes of jubilation, along with the words: ‘A day only God can explain’.

Mundo Deportivo, a publication aligned with Barcelona, had a more begrudgingly complimentary headline.

They went with: ‘Groundhog day’, citing Real Madrid’s remarkable ability to produce late goals and stage unlikely comebacks.

Sport emblazoned the word ‘incredible’ on their front page. They added: ‘Once again, Madrid came back in a surprising way when they were close to death.’

‘Real Madrid are from another planet’, read AS’ headline on Thursday’s front page

‘Something only God can explain’, wrote Marca as they mirrored the astonishment from fans

SPORT summed it up with ‘incredible’ after Real’s latest comeback, while Mundo Deportivo, a publication aligned with Barcelona, had a more begrudgingly complimentary headline

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