Talking to the press after the Valencia win on Thursday, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has opened up on his substitution tactics.
Here’s what he said: ““If I sub a player it’s not because he’s not playing well but because I have resources on the bench.
Sometimes I don’t bring Rodrygo on from the start because I think I have another option to change the game from the bench and change its dynamic. This is what enabled us to win the Champions League from the bench.”
Indeed, letting Rodrygo off the bench proved to be a joker up Ancelotti’s sleeve. The Brazilian has made an unimaginable number of comebacks over the past year, be it the semi-final heroics vs Man City or the brilliant solo run goal against Atletico some week ago.