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Carlo Ancelotti claims Real Madrid were not 'conservative' in PSG loss

Sean Walsh
Ancelotti was defeated on his return to PSG
Ancelotti was defeated on his return to PSG / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Carlo Ancelotti has denied that Real Madrid were 'conservative' in their dismal loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.

Los Blancos were beaten 1-0 by the French outfit in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie thanks to stoppage-time strike from Kylian Mbappe, and were second-best for much of the evening.

Real Madrid registered three shots - none of which were on target - compared to PSG's 21, while the Spanish side had just 43% possession.

But Ancelotti insisted that while his men were resolute defensively, he drew the line at labelling his tactics as 'conservative'.

“We were quite good defensively. But we weren’t very aggressive. We couldn’t keep the ball and missed a lot of passes," Ancelotti admitted.

"Our three midfielders [Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric] usually miss fewer passes than they missed today. We couldn’t play out of their pressure in our half of the pitch. We couldn’t bring it out cleanly and play it to Asensio or Vinícius or even Benzema. It’s not complicated.

"With the ball, we didn’t do what we wanted. Normally we don’t have that problem because we have quality players. Today, it didn’t come off.

“Being conservative would be Courtois kicking every ball long. But we always tried to play out from the back. It didn’t work because we suffered too much from their pressure. We played a low block and could have been more aggressive, I agree, but it wasn’t a conservative approach. We tried to play with the ball like we normally do, but it didn’t come off tonight.”