Carlo Ancelotti set the stage for the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Bayern Munich in Munich.

Reflecting on a past victory of 0-4 a decade ago, Ancelotti acknowledges the different challenge ahead but expresses confidence against a quality opponent. Despite doubts about his presence in the press room, Ancelotti emphasizes both concern and belief in reaching the final.

Addressing Real Madrid’s status, Ancelotti balances confidence with respect for Bayern, highlighting their strong performance against Arsenal and their formidable Champions League history.

Dismissive of underestimation, Ancelotti asserts Real Madrid’s consistent threat in the competition and regarding player selection, Ancelotti deflects talk about rivals and praises the quality of Bayern’s squad.

Comparing Bayern and Madrid, Ancelotti notes similarities in versatility and emphasizes the need for defensive stability.

On a personal note, Ancelotti recalls fond memories of Munich but admits to struggling with the German language unlike his son. Regarding tactical variations, Ancelotti stresses the importance of maintaining identity while adapting to opponents’ strengths.

Ancelotti denies seeking revenge, expressing gratitude for his coaching tenure and a special bond with Rummenigge.

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