Carlo Ancelotti believes Everton fans will support his Real Madrid side to beat Liverpool in Champions League final | football news

Carlo Ancelotti reckons Real Madrid will have plenty of support from supporters of his former club Everton on Merseyside.

Ancelotti will make it in a record fifth Champions League final on Saturday when Real take on Liverpool after returning to the club from Everton last year.

The 62-year-old was left out of La Liga in 2015 after guiding them to their 10th Champions League title the previous year. This was followed by positions at Bayern Munich and Napoli before starting the job at Everton in December 2019.

He led the Blues to 12th that season and 10th in his only full season with the club before returning to Real.

“I know the Evertonians will definitely support us tomorrow,” said Ancelotti in his pre-match press conference.

“I know there is a great rivalry on Merseyside. I have fond memories of my time at Liverpool on the blue side and I’m sure they will support me tomorrow.

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“It’s a big contrast. I’ve been thinking about how different things were last year.

“This year feels like a long time. I’m treating it naturally. Reaching this final is a huge achievement for us, we know how demanding this club is – it’s all about the club’s history.

“It was a great achievement to get to this point. We think we’ve had a very good season and we’re very close to doing something big this season.

“We’re very calm in camp. I’m here to run the game, with the experienced players helping the younger ones to create a good atmosphere in the squad with a lot of excitement and confidence.”

“We are in very good shape”

Ancelotti, who twice won the European Cup with AC Milan during his playing career, was also the champion of the club’s two European Cup victories in 2003 and 2007 as manager. That run to the final was a rollercoaster ride after the La Liga title was won with ease.

“It’s something you dream about, but you can’t control it,” said Ancelotti. “It’s my fifth final, I have fond memories of all those finals. It’s a bit strange to think about, but I think for the best [performance] was the final against Liverpool in 2005. But we lost it [on penalties having led 3-0] at AC Milan.

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“I’m not going to tell the players to play badly tomorrow because of course we want to do our best but anything can happen in a final. We have to be prepared for anything. We’ve had time to prepare well for it.” I think we’re going in in very good shape.

“Obviously we’ll do our best but I’m not convinced that’s enough to win it. It gives us a better chance if we play better. I don’t know if that’s enough because.” There are things in football that you can’t control.

“It’s my fifth final and there’s always a similar feeling leading up to it. It’s always fantastic to be there and you have to enjoy it without thinking too much about what might happen. We have to enjoy it until the referee whistles. Then it will be a different story that will be written.”

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