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Ancelotti Showing Tactical Genius

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Many questioned the tactical knowledge of the Italian, especially after some rather quirky moves- including started Sergio Ramos in midfield at the Camp Nou. However, true to his repertoire, his tactical planning has proven to be outstanding

The Brilliant Italian Will Lead Real to Lisbon
The Brilliant Italian Will Lead Real to Lisbon
Martin Rose

Watching the counter attacking masterpiece that Real Madrid just put on at the Allianz was the culmination of Jose Mourinho's work. Unfortunately for the Portuguese, his childish and often annoying behavior deprived him of the opportunity to be in charge of this Madrid side. Luckily for Real, they got the man to lead them to the next level. Carlo Ancelloti was exactly what was needed to finish the Mourinho project.

Real players no longer slump around the pitch, hound the referee or make violent tackles. The equilibrio that Ancelotti sought to achieve was often out of reach for this Madrid side- highlighted by their disastrous loss in Seville. However, since that lowly performance, this Madrid side have carried themselves with a sense of purpose and passion that has been absent for the majority of this millennium for Los Blancos. With the use of a 4-4-2 formation, that allows for incredible defensive stability, Ancelotti has maximized the effect of speedy counterattacks.

These speedy counterattacks can be undefinable at times, with the world class ball control and advancement skills of both Karim Benzema and Luka Modric which allow for Madrid's speed demons to get in acres of space. And, as devastatingly efficient as attack is- the defense is just as stout. What has taken place in Madrid is an evolution, allowing for this roster to maximize their utility and efficiency.  No longer do Madrid need to desperately defend, creating frustration and anger amongst their own players. Madrid reflect their current manager, and have an uncanny sense of calm- something they will need to lift that elusive trophy in Lisbon.

Hasta el Final, Vamos Real!