Ancelotti justifies tactical decision to substitute Kroos in match against Bayern Munich

Carlo Ancelotti defended his choice to replace Toni Kroos during Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The thrilling first leg at Allianz Arena ended in a tie, with Vinicius Junior’s penalty saving the day. Vinicius scored the opening goal in the 24th minute, receiving Kroos’ brilliant through pass. Kroos made 15 crucial passes in the first half, but was subbed out for Brahim Diaz as Bayern surged ahead with goals from Sane and Kane. Ancelotti explained that Bellingham had cramps, and fresh legs were needed to regain control. He emphasized the importance of fan support for the upcoming second leg. Thomas Tuchel acknowledged the challenge for Bayern in the return leg and advised his team to be confident and embrace the battle. The outcome hinges on the next match in Madrid, where confidence and belief are key. Tuchel highlighted the excitement and difficulty of the task ahead at Santiago Bernabeu.

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