Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti has revealed that Los Blancos have come up with a secret plan to ensure that they beat Chelsea and progress to the Champions League last 4 as they look to defend their crown.
Chelsea and Real Madrid lock horns once more on Europe’s biggest stage as the Blues travel to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening.
The Blues, who sit 11th in the Premier League and have appointed the former legendary player as their interim coach until the end of the season, are in woeful form, having won just one of their last five games.
Resigned to no European football next season via a Premier League finish this season, winning the Champions League would be their only avenue into the competition next year, but they face Real Madrid for the third time in three seasons.
Currently tied at one apiece, whoever won this game has gone on to win the whole competition in the last two tournaments, and the Blues will be hoping they can make that three against all the odds this time around.
This time, however, Davide Ancelotti, son and assistant of Carlo, has devised a plan to boost their chances of winning, with the help of some dark arts.
As per Spanish sources, his idea is to try and get Chelsea players suspended during the first leg, with a massive seven first-teamers at risk should they pick up a yellow card in Madrid.
All of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Thiago Silva, Conor Gallagher, Reece James, Kalidou Koulibaly and Enzo Fernandez will be forced to watch the return leg from the sidelines should they be cautioned in the first leg, something that Ancelotti is looking to ensure happens by telling the Real Madrid players to tackle hard.
For Real Madrid, no players are in danger, meaning that a yellow card in the first leg would be of little issue to Ancelotti when it comes to picking a team for the return game.