Prandelli backs Ancelotti approach

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has defended compatriot and Real Madrid counterpart Carlo Ancelotti from criticism of his counter-attacking style.

Marca reports that Ancelotti was condemned for taking a defensive approach to the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich, where Madrid looked to soak up pressure and then hit Pep Guardiola’s team on the break.

Madrid won the two-legged tie 5-0 on aggregate and Prandelli has warned against making value judgements over a Coach’s style.

“The idea of good football shouldn’t divide and criticise the catenaccio philosophical Coach or the attacking Coach,” Prandelli said.

“Football is good in all ways. The mistake made is to separate different philosophies.

“Ancelotti won both games. It should be understood that Madrid have three players with incredible speed over 50 metres and want to take advantage of these players.

“I think it’s enjoyable, inspiring football. When they take off, they’re ready to shoot within three seconds.”

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