Ancelotti rues ‘small details’

Bayern Munich Coach Carlo Ancelotti claims “small details made the difference” in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat to Real Madrid.

Bayern had taken the lead through Arturo Vidal, but they went on to miss a penalty and have Javi Martinez sent off, paving the way for Cristiano Ronaldo to grab two away goals in a 2-1 win for Madrid.

“The small details made the difference. We missed the penalty when we could have made it 2-0,” the former Blancos boss told UEFA’s official website after the game.

“Then we conceded right at the start of the first half and that changed the match.

“Cristiano decided the match today. I think we controlled him well until the red card.

“Next week will be difficult, but we are still alive and we will look to take our chance. We will try to do our best.

“We had no luck tonight. Sometimes you miss a penalty. That was not the first one, and it will not be the last one.

“But we can build on the first half. It will be more difficult in Madrid, but we still have a chance, we are still alive.

“Vidal was first choice to take the penalty, he has the personality for it. These things happen in football.

“I think Hummels and Lewandowski have time to recover for the second leg. I don’t blame Martinez.

“Real were attacking on the break and he made the challenge. He is a very important player for us.”

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