Madrid could have beaten Bayern by bigger margin, says Cordoba

The ex-Inter hardman feels Carlo Ancelotti’s side are on the right track to reach the final and has defended Jose Mourinho’s pragmatic approach against Atletico Madrid

By Alberto Pinero

Former Inter defender Ivan Cordoba believes Real Madrid could have beaten Bayern Munich by a bigger margin in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men recorded a 1-0 home win last week courtesy of a Karim Benzema strike midway through the first half and Cordoba is eagerly anticipating the return in Munich on Tuesday.

“The tie is still open, but Madrid have a good chance to progress if they follow [Carlo] Ancelotti’s intelligent technical and tactical instructions,” Cordoba told Goal.

“It will definitely not be easy in Germany, though. These kinds of games never are.

“Bayern dominated in the opening 20 minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu, but in the end Madrid could have won by a bigger margin, too.”

The former Colombia international also had his say on the semi-final between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, and defended Jose Mourinho’s tactical decisions in the goalless first leg at the Vicente Calderon.

“Chelsea’s approach against Atletico might have been very defensive, but each coach has his own philosophy. It’s all related to the importance of the tie.

“We should not forget that the tie lasts 180 minutes. I have no doubts that it will be a different match in the return.

“Either way, both coaches could surprise us because they have both shown throughout this Champions League campaign what they are capable of.”

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