Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti, cautious before the final – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti warns that anything can happen in the finals.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti may win their fourth Champions League, but warns anything can happen in the finals.
“We showed the best performance in the only final I lost, that game in 2005.
The final, which will be played on Saturday at Parc des Princes in Paris, starts at 22:00.
Ancelotti spoke at his press conference this evening, referring to his victories with Milan in 2002-03 and 2006-07, then Real Madrid in 2013-14.
Still, the Istanbul final in 2005, in which Milan led 3-0, conceded three goals in six minutes and eventually lost on penalties, bothers him.
“This is my fifth Final and I have good memories of all those games,” Ancelotti said.
“It’s rare if you think about it, but the only Final I lost was the best performance in 2005. Of course I don’t want my team to play badly, but I warn them that anything can happen in a final. We have to be prepared for anything.”
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It’s no coincidence that he called it their best performance, as Milan had 14 shots on goal in the 3-3 comeback.
In fact, after the equalization of Marcos Alonso, Liverpool were unable to shoot another shot into goal from inside the penalty area.
During 90 minutes of the final and extra time, Milan had 22 shots on goal.
With modern statistics, Milan was calculated to have an xG of 3.37. Liverpool were only stuck at 1.38.
Ancelotti and Milan avenged the 2005 finale with a Pippo Inzaghi recital in Athens.
“There are things in football that you can’t control and we prepared our best, but I can’t say it’s enough to win.”
The Italian tactician made statements that he had decided on the starting 11 for tomorrow’s match, but did not tell reporters what choices he made.