The final will feel like a derby

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– I am very happy to reach the final and it will be against Liverpool again. It will be his third final as a coach against them. “I’ve been living in Liverpool for two years, so the final will feel like a derby,” Carlo Ancelotti told the press after the dramatic semi-final against Manchester City on Wednesday.

The veteran led the Spaniards to a surprise comeback in overtime, before victory in the additional innings was assured. The big club is now ready to chase the number 14 trophy in the European Cup. The nearest competitor has seven wins, while Liverpool has six.

rich history

Ancelotti had many meetings with Liverpool during his career, including two Champions League finals.

In 2005, Liverpool won, before Milan took revenge two years later, and Carlo Ancelotti managed to lift the Champions League trophy for the second time as a coach and for the fourth time in his life. He also won twice with AC Milan as a player.

On May 28, 2022, they will face Liverpool for the third time in the Champions League final. The Italian is the first coach to reach five finals in the tournament and has won three of the first four attempts, most recently in 2014 with the team he now captains, Real Madrid.

Ancelotti’s history with Liverpool goes back to 1984, when the Reds won the European Cup for the fourth time. At the time, Ancelotti was a Roma player, but had to stand above the final due to injury.

We won’t look back any further than last year to find the last time the beloved coach met Liverpool, then he was the Everton manager. And he led the Liverpool rival to one win and two draws in three attempts in the league against Liverpool, led by Klopp. The only loss came in the 2020 FA Cup third round, when Curtis Jones won the match.

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Ancelotti also met with Liverpool four times as coach of Chelsea, four times as coach of Napoli and twice before that as coach of Real Madrid. He won eight out of 16 matches against Liverpool in his coaching career, played three draws and lost five.

– it will be so

Ancelotti is looking forward to meeting Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp again.

I know Jurgen well and have great respect for him and his coaching team. It would be a great ending. He says it will be equal.

The impressive feat over Manchester City is explained by the fact that the Real Madrid players did the mental work required.

– In the additional rounds, it was related to the psychological aspects. We had a lot of energy, while City didn’t have as much after losing the lead. When everyone thought the match was over, all we needed was a good attack. We gave it our all, and then you need a little luck too. He said they were tough opponents, but our team never gave up.

Ancelotti will play the Champions League final for the fifth time at the Stade de France on May 28.

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