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Ancelotti backs Bellingham, Haaland, Mbappe to shine in Champions League return leg

14. April 2024
Carlo Ancelotti (foto: Getty Images)
In the high-stakes arena of Champions League football, where pressure and expectations converge, seasoned coach Carlo Ancelotti remains unshaken in his faith in the abilities of three of soccer's brightest stars: Jude Bellingham, Erling Haaland, and Kylian Mbappe.
Despite their subdued performances in the recent quarterfinal matches, Ancelotti is confident that these talents will shine in the return legs.

Real Madrid, fresh off a routine victory against Mallorca in La Liga, now faces a critical showdown in the Champions League quarterfinals against Manchester City. The first leg did not see decisive contributions from Bellingham, Haaland, and Mbappe, but Ancelotti, a veteran of European success both as a player and a manager, sees no cause for alarm.

Speaking from experience, Ancelotti advised the press and critics to be wary of their assessments, hinting at the imminent resurgence of these players. “Calm down. It may be true that Mbappe, Bellingham, and Haaland did not shine in the first leg, but new games are coming... be careful. Watch your words when you talk about these players,” Ancelotti warned.

With four Champions League titles to his credit as a coach and two as a player with AC Milan, Ancelotti’s words carry weight. His calm demeanor reflects a strategic patience, born from years of navigating the ups and downs of European football’s elite competition.
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