Carlo Ancelotti reveals half-time team talk sparked Vinicius Jr as Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund in Champions League final
Posted by  badge Boss on Jun 02
Carlo Ancelotti has guided Real Madrid to three Champions League trophies (AFP via Getty)

Carlo Ancelotti admits Vinicius Junior needed a talking to at half time during Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory over in the final on Saturday evening.

Dortmund were made to pay for their missed chances in the opening 45 minutes at as second-half goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr sealed Madrid’s 15th Champions League trophy.

And Ancelotti has revealed he was unhappy with how his Madrid side approached the first half against Dortmund.

When asked about his instructions to Vinicius Jr at half time, Ancelotti told Movistar: ‘I scolded him a little because I think that in the first half we were a little lazy and we had losses that we normally haven’t had.

‘They played how they wanted and they were very dangerous.’

Vinicius Junior has now won two Champions League trophies with Real Madrid (Getty)

When asked about his half-time message in his post-match press conference, Ancelotti added: ‘I didn’t need to get angry I needed to clarity a few things because it was pretty clear how Dortmund wanted to play.

‘They played a fantastic game in transition and we lost our balance a bit and we had to manage their transition better.

‘We lost may balls when arriving in the opponent’s half and we thought about changing the system would be better for us and concentrate a few more players in midfield.

‘We started with Valverde on the right but then Rodrygo played there and when we brought Valverde back to join Camavinga and Kroos and I think it was better for us in the second half.’

Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, also agreed with Ancelotti’s verdict on their first-half display against Dortmund.

‘In the first half we didn’t do what the coach asked,’ Courtois said.

‘They had a lot of space and we didn’t press well… so at half time Ancelotti told us to change to 4-3-3 and, since then We controlled better.

‘We saved the first half because we could have easily gone 2-0 down, but we never stopped and we were able to win.’

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