Antonio Rudiger, who blocked Elling Hollan in the first leg of the European Football Federation Champions League (UCL) semifinals, is uncertain in the second leg.
The 2022-2023 European Football Federation UCL semifinal second leg between Manchester City and Real Madrid will be held at Etihad Stadium in Manchester on the 18th at 4:00 am (Korean time). Real took the lead in the first half with Vinicius Jr.’s first goal in the first half, but allowed an equalizer in the second half on Kevin Debrawiner’s mid-range shot.
The player who received attention besides the scorer was Real defender Rudiger. Rudiger stayed close to Haalan and blocked the opportunity to shoot as much as possible. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola also acknowledged his performance, saying, “Rudiger and David Alaba are very fast and good players. Real played a very good defense.”
However, ahead of the second game, there is a prospect that Rudiger will not be able to start. Manager Ancelotti said after the first game that Rudiger would also play the second game, but he changed his words before the second game. “It was a mistake. I didn’t mean that Rudiger would start, I misunderstood,” Ancelotti said at a pre-press conference at the Etihad Stadium. “I thought you were asking about Rodrygo, who wasn’t on the bench. It’s getting higher. If we win, the lineup was correct, and if we lose, the lineup is a failure.”
After this interview, ‘Marca’ expected Rudiger to be excluded from the starting lineup. “Alaba is untouchable, the question remains is Rudiger or Militang. Ancelotti is a coach who doesn’t change course when things are going well. He won’t touch the plan. I’ll bet on it. That’s how we won at Stamford Bridge and Camp Nou.”
Real played the Alaba-Militan combination at center back in their recent matches against Chelsea and Barcelona. Rudiger appeared as a substitute in both the first and second legs of the UCL quarterfinals against Chelsea. He was only on the bench in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona. On the other hand, Militang played all the recent games full-time. The main line-up that coach Ancelotti thinks is the story of Alaba and Militang.토스카지노
The reason Rudiger came out in the first game was because of Militang’s disciplinary action. Militang received a card in both matches against Chelsea and was given a disciplinary action. Rudiger has completely filled the vacancy, but it is difficult to guarantee a starting position in a situation where Militang is available.
There is still a chance of change. Rudiger has shown that he can bully Halan enough. Looking at what coach Ancelotti said, “The difficulty of the lineup is high,” it can be interpreted as meaning that he is still struggling with selection.