Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who has coached Everton in the Premier League, said the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 29 was like a derby.
“For me, the final against Liverpool is like a derby because I was once an Evertonian (by managing Everton in 2019-2021),” Ancelotti said after the match against Manchester City as quoted by the UEFA Champions League website, Thursday (5/5).
Real Madrid also met Liverpool in the 2017/2018 Champions League final when Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1.
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Liverpool, this season, reached their third Champions League final in five years after eliminating Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final the day before.
Ancelotti also considered his team’s journey to the final this season was odd but full of surprises by repeatedly knocking out super teams just when Real were on the verge of being eliminated from this tournament.
“Strange things have happened. We are facing very strong teams who at the start of the season were believed to win the Champions League, namely Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Chelsea and Manchester City,” said Ancelotti.
When Real Madrid actually kicked the champions, Ancelotti considered the players and supporters to be the two very important actors who made his team walk to the final.
“The biggest credit goes to the players and also the fans who continue to support, support and support, not only in the stadium, but also before. And the weight in this shirt, which the players feel when wearing it, is the pride of the club,” said Ancelotti.
“The whole world thought it was almost over. Detail, good combination, Rodrygo’s goal and from there we put all the energy we had. You need a bit of luck. (City) a very strong opponent, very competitive game. This game requires hard work , sacrifice, energy… the changes have helped a lot,” concluded the coach. (Ant/OL-1)