Paris — Thousands of football fans have landed in Paris to see Liverpool and Real Madrid play in the Champions League finals late Saturday.
The Stade de France has a milestone.
Carlo Ancelotti aims to be the first coach to win four European club football awards, in addition to the 2014 success of Madrid’s first spelling. The first two Italian victories were brought to AC Milan in 2003 and 2007.
Ancelotti has already won the Spanish title in his first season in Madrid. It defeated Liverpool in the 2018 final, led by Zinedine Zidane, in the record 13th European Cup.
“This season we are very close to achieving something big, and we will do our best to achieve it,” Ancelotti said. “We are very calm in the camp. This team is dealing very well with the pressure of this match.”
Liverpool returned to the finals in 2019 to become their sixth European champion. Since then, Jurgen Klopp has ended the drought of the team’s 30-year British Championship in 2020. The season could end with a rare triple trophy that has already won the FA Cup and League Cup.
The Liverpool route through the knockout phase through Inter Milan, Benfica and Villarreal looked relatively smooth. Madrid had to make many comebacks.
Two of Karim Benzema’s 15 European goals this season faced a defeat in 16 rounds before turning around the match against Paris Saint-Germain. Equalizer, who took 10 minutes to play against Chelsea and stay in the quarterfinals, kicked out the defending champion in overtime. Madrid made a great comeback with two goals as Rodrigo became the savior again in the 90th minute with Manchester City in the semi-finals.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said, “When we are at the top of the game, it’s hard to play and really hard to play.” “That’s my only concern right now, and that’s what we’re really confident about. But of course, the confidence of Madrid players is incredibly high, and in football we’re ourselves. It’s important to be confident about yourself and this kind of thing. “
For the third consecutive year, the UEFA has been forced to change the location of the finals. This time not because of a pandemic, but because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, where St. Petersburg was stripped of hosting rights.