Former Real Madrid forward Pedrag Mijatovic has expressed confidence over the ability of coach Carlo Ancelotti to take the club to a second consecutive Champions League title.
Madrid are looking to become the first team to retain the crown in the Champions League era as they host Juventus on Wednesday in the semi-final second leg, but must overturn their 2-1 defeat in Turin on Tuesday.
Ancelotti, though, has come under criticism with his team sitting two points behind Barcelona in La Liga and in danger of slipping out of the continent’s most prestigious competition.
However, Mijatovic, who scored the only goal of the game as Madrid beat Juve 1-0 to claim the 1998 Champions League title, believes they will overturn the deficit and feels Italian is the right man to take the Spanish side to their 11th European crown.
“Ancelotti is a great coach,” Mijatovic told AS.
“Modric’s absence through injury is very important, but I am confident in Ancelotti because he always finds solutions and in one year he won four titles in Madrid. What more can we ask for?
“He is fighting for everything and I don’t understand some of the criticism.”
Mijatovic also jumped to the defence of goalkeeper 33-year-old Iker Casillas, who has faced heavy criticism after a number of high-profile errors in recent seasons.

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