Why Eduardo Camavinga was hauled off at half-time in Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has provided an explanation for his decision to hook Eduardo Camavinga from his side’s meeting with RB Leipzig with just 45 minutes on the clock.

Real, of course, were back in action late last night.

Boasting a slender one-goal advantage from the tie’s first leg, Los Blancos welcomed German outfit RB Leipzig to Spain’s capital, for the return leg of the Champions League Last-16 tie between the clubs.

And, when all was said and done, the capital giants did just about enough to book their spot in the competition’s quarter-finals.

After Vinícius Jr’s opener midway through the 2nd-half was quickly cancelled out by Willi Orbán, Real Madrid held on by the skin of their teeth, to clinch a 2-1 aggregate triumph.

Speaking to the media post-match, Carlo Ancelotti, in turn, was drawn on a whole host of topics surrounding his side’s underwhelming display.

One such subject came in the form of a head-turning personnel call put into place at half-time.

The change in question saw Eduardo Camavinga hauled off, to be replaced by attacker Rodrygo for the 2nd-half.

And Ancelotti went on to confirm that the substitution was a ‘tactical’ one, albeit with the Italian having also made use of the opportunity to criticise the rest of his squad, and even himself:

“Camavinga’s change was tactical. If I had to change those who didn’t play well, I would’ve even had to change the coach.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

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