Football

Ancelotti says Real Madrid can achieve ‘maximum level’ by winning the Champions League

07 Jun 2022 | 08:02

After winning La Liga last month with four games to spare, Madrid now on their fifth hunt Champions League won for nine years in Paris.

This will be the fifth time in the club’s history Real Madrid won the Spanish league championship and the European cup in the same season.

Ancelotti made his own history as the only manager to reach fifth Champions League In the end, this seemed impossible when he was in charge of the struggle Everton in the Premier League last season.

This year feels like a long timeit makes me dizzy just thinking about being in this final,” said Ancelotti at Friday’s press conference.

“But I take it in my stride because it was a success for us. We know the history of this club and to get here is very important, it has been a very good season for us.

“We are very close to reaching the maximum and we will try. This group manages these types of games well. Veterans help young players play in an atmosphere of calm, enthusiasm and confidence.”

Real Madrid chasing an open record 14th European Cup at the Stade de France and boasts an incredible record in European finals, having won all of the last seven.

One of them was against Atlético Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final, when Thibaut Courtois, now Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, lost the match.

“We know when Real Madrid played in the final that they won and now I’m on the right side of that,” Courtois said.

Liverpool had a pretty good route through the knockouts, when they beat Inter Milan, Benfica and then Villarreal to get to the final while Real Madrid had one of the toughest runs possible, as they’ve staged incredible comebacks to beat Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.

‘We deserved to be in the final’

Ancelotti said Real Madrid’s history has given them an edge in times of pressure.

We deserve to be in the final Because quality but also talent is not enough, “said Ancelotti.

“You have to bring everyone’s talent together to make a team that’s companionable and engaged. And then, The history of this club has pushed us into difficult moments. To win we will have to be worthy tomorrow. “

Karim Benzema Also vital to Real Madrid’s progress, the Frenchman scored 10 goals in the knockout stages, including three against PSG, four against Chelsea and three against City.

The 34-year-old has 15 in the whole competition, just two more goals left to equalize Cristiano Ronaldo 17 years oldrecord for one player in a single Champions League Tournaments.

“He pushed the team to victory even when we struggled,” said Courtois. “He never stopped running. When we were being tested, when challenged, we saw what he has created this season.”

“He’s a leader in the group,” added Marcelo. “He shows it with his personality, his presence.”

Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp had previously expressed concern with the pitch for the final, saying the new surface, installed on Thursday, “is clearly not the best news for either team”.

Ancelotti downplay the problem. “I know they’re going to change it but we haven’t trained there yet,” he said. “I don’t think it will be a problem. “