Real Madrid manager Carlos Ancelotti is relishing the opportunity to face Liverpool in the Champions League final, declaring himself an ‘Evertonian’.
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Los Blancos take on Jurgen Klopp’s quadruple-chasing side in Paris on May 28 after a stunning comeback against Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Ancelotti is excited about facing Liverpool once again
Given recent history, it promises to be a thrilling encounter in France.
Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final in Kyiv in 2018 to get their hands on a record 13th triumph in the competition.
A memorable match, it consisted of a Gareth Bale overhead kick, early injury to Mohamed Salah, and a nightmare performance by Loris Karius.
Salah, 29, took to Instagram straight after Madrid’s 6-5 aggregate victory over Pep Guardiola’s side, claiming Liverpool have a ‘score to settle’.
Ancelotti’s response was to state it will feel like a derby, after the Italian previously spent two years on Merseyside.
When asked about the Egyptian’s post, Ancelotti said: “I’m happy to play yet another final. We’ll have to face another great team, Liverpool. In my personal history, I’ve squared off against Liverpool a bunch of times.
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The 62-year-old was previously in charge of Everton for one season
“In 1984 as a player, in 2007 [and other times, including Liverpool’s famous victory against AC Milan in 2005] and now again we’ll be playing against Liverpool. I lived in Liverpool for two years, as well. To me, this feels like a derby because I’m still an Evertonian.”
Ancelotti took the reins at Everton between December 2019 and June 2021, but left Goodison Park for a return to Real Madrid following the departure of Zinedine Zidane.
Following the emphatic victory in the Spanish capital, Ancelotti revealed it was his sides ‘big history’ that got them over the line in the end.
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“I cannot say we are used to living this kind of life, but it happened also tonight what happened against Chelsea, what happened against PSG,” said the 62-year-old.
“It’s really difficult to say why. It’s the big history of this club that helps us to keep going also when things, it seems, were gone.
“The game was close to finished. We were able to find the last energy that we had. We played a good game against a really strong rival and after that when we were able to equalise the game, of course psychologically we were better in extra time.”
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