Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says UCL final against Liverpool will be like a ‘derby’ – “I’m still an Everton fan”
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has says that UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool will feel like a “derby.”
Real Madrid made an impressive comeback against premier league giants Manchester City in the semi-finals to reach the Champions League final.
Brazilian forward Rodrygo scored two late goals to take the game into extra time.
Karim Benzema scored a penalty in the first period of extra time to help Los Blancos win 3-1 on the night and 6-5 on aggregate.
The real Madrid boss spoke about the prospect of facing the Merseyside club in the Champions League final, Carlo Ancelotti said the following (via the club’s official website):
“I’m delighted to be involved in another final against a great team in Liverpool. I played against them as a player and as a manager, I faced Liverpool in 2005, in 2007 and I was in Liverpool for two years. For me it is like a derby because I still am an Everton fan.”
Ancelotti also spoke highly of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, The 62-year-old tactician added:
“I know Klopp very well. We’ve crossed paths many times and I have the utmost respect for him, his coaching staff and his teams.
“I have immense respect for him, it’s going to be a fantastic final between two teams with different attributes. It will be a very closely-fought final.”
The former Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti and Liverpool had history in the Champions League. The Italian manager has twice faced the Reds in the final as manager of AC Milan where he lost one and won one.