Ancelotti sets to take on Reds for yet another time as he claims it will be his pleasure to battle the English side
It won’t be the first time Real Madrid and Liverpool will be meeting for this type of match, with the last time seeing Madrid having the upper hand.
But the match didn’t go by like every other match as Liverpool’s star, Mohamed Salah was shown out early through an unprofessional tackle from Sergio Ramos to weaken the Liverpool team.
Ahead of their tie on Saturday, Liverpool are known to be one team with alot of hunger for vengeance sitting right in their hearts.
They want to make Madrid pay for their sins and Ancelotti is well aware of this as he acknowledged the level at which Liverpool has gone compared to the last time the two teams met.
“In my career in the Champions League, we have faced each other many times. The first time was in 1984, the final in Rome,” Ancelotti said.
“I didn’t play because I was injured. Then, in 2005 and 2007, [when Ancelotti was AC Milan coach] and of course, the rivalry was accentuated during the period I worked at Everton.
“Now, we’ll face each other again.
“They have a great squad, they’re difficult to go up against. They play at a very high level, with great physicality, but it’s a pleasure to play against them in the final.
“[In the 2005 decider,] that was the best any team I’ve coached ever played in a final. Unfortunately, in football there is that unpredictability which you can’t control. It’s difficult to explain.
“It’s difficult to explain how we scored twice in one minute in the 90th minute against [Manchester] City [in the semi-finals].
“These things happen, and you have to accept it. You also don’t have to think about it too much.
“Football always offers [a chance of redemption], and that happened two years later [when AC Milan beat Liverpool in the 2007 final].”
The UEFA Champions League trophy has arrived in Paris where the final will be held as both sides prepare.