Carlo Ancelotti expecting strong Liverpool performance in Champions League final

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t expect his side’s additional preparation time to be a deciding factor in this Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool.

Ancelotti’s side rounded off their La Liga campaign last Friday with a 0-0 draw against Real Betis, two days before Liverpool played Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season.

Both sides are now in Paris ahead of a repeat of the Champions League final of 2018, when Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in a game remembered for Gareth Bale‘s outstanding overhead kick and Loris Karius’ double blunder in the Reds’ goal.

But Ancelotti, speaking in his press conference ahead of the game, doesn’t expect Real’s additional preparation time to have much bearing on the result, and cited the 2014 final – which Real won 4-1 against neighbourhood rivals Atletico – as an example of a tired team being able to lift European football’s top honour.

“Back in 2014, we had some problems as far as physical conditions were concerned and yet we won the Champions League,’ Ancelotti said.

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