Fresh off a commanding 4-0 victory over Girona in La Liga, the Spanish giants are brimming with confidence, but they tread cautiously, mindful of Leipzig’s potency, having suffered defeat against them in the previous season’s group stage.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti, speaking ahead of the clash, acknowledged the formidable nature of their opponents: “The opposition is strong, intense, and with quality in front of them. We have to play a complete game, especially defensively,” he emphasized, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.

Reflecting on Real Madrid’s season thus far, Ancelotti expressed satisfaction with the team’s resilience despite challenges: “We’re doing well despite the absentees thanks to the team’s character and personality to overcome the problems.”

The spotlight also fell on individual performances, with Ancelotti lauding Vinicius Junior’s impact: “If he plays like he did against Girona, he makes a difference.” He reserved praise for Toni Kroos, highlighting his consistent excellence throughout his tenure.

Addressing Kroos’s contract situation, Ancelotti remained diplomatic, asserting that the decision lies with the player: “His performance since he started playing has always been the same. He is very continuous. A player has to stop at the highest moment, just like a coach.”

Madrid’s hunger for Champions League success remains undiminished, with Ancelotti emphasizing the tournament’s significance for the club: “For Madridismo, the Champions League is the most important thing. We are going to fight and compete.”

Despite the absence of star midfielder Jude Bellingham due to injury, Ancelotti displayed confidence in the squad’s depth: “Those who have replaced him have done well. It’s an opportunity to be motivated.”

As the anticipation builds for the showdown, Ancelotti’s selection dilemmas linger, particularly in goalkeeping and defensive positions. However, the Italian tactician remained tight-lipped about his starting line-up, keeping the opposition guessing.

With speculation surrounding Kroos’s potential return to international duty for Germany in the upcoming Euros, Ancelotti reiterated the player’s autonomy in making such decisions.

As Real Madrid brace for another chapter in their Champions League saga, Ancelotti’s blend of caution and confidence sets the stage for a captivating encounter against RB Leipzig.