Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid and Mohamed Salah’s Liverpool will meet in the Champions League final on May 28 in Paris, four years after their famous clash in kyiv
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The two teams will meet in Paris on May 28, four years after Real Madrid defeated the Reds in kyiv to win the prestigious competition for a record 13th time. Mohamed Salah already warned Ancelotti Liverpool have a “score to settle” in the French capital.
However, the Italian coach does not mind. When asked about Salah’s comment, he replied: “I am happy to play another final. We will have to face another great team, Liverpool. In my personal history, I have faced Liverpool a lot of times.
“In 1984 as a player, in 2007 [and other times, including Liverpool’s famous victory against AC Milan in 2005] and now again we will play against Liverpool. I also lived in Liverpool for two years. For me, this feels like a derby because I’m still an Evertonian.”
Ancelotti was in charge of Goodison Park between December 2019 and June 2021, leaving Everton to return to the Royal. Since then, the Toffees have tumbled down the table and are now in serious danger of relegation to the Championship, sitting 18th.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid has flourished under Ancelotti’s leadership. He has already won the Spanish League and Super Cup this season and has the chance to lift a third trophy, the biggest of all, when he faces Liverpool in the Champions League final.
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Real came into the main event after an impressive 6-5 aggregate victory against manchester city. Two goals from Rodrygo in the last minute forced the game into extra time before Karim Benzema’s penalty snatched the most unlikely victory from Ancelotti’s men.
“You couldn’t write it down,” said former Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate. BBC Radio 5 live. “Phenomenal football from Real Madrid and City had no comeback. What a game of football. It’s probably the best I’ve ever seen. An incredible performance from Real.”
Gary Lineker added: “One of the most extraordinary and exciting Champions League two-legged matches in the history of the competition. City were clearly the better team and unlucky to lose, but this Real [side] it has immense character and somehow I kept finding something from somewhere. Football, huh!”
The result is devastating news for Pep Guardiola’s City, but Salah is delighted. The Egyptian sat out Liverpool’s 2018 loss to Real Madrid after sustaining a shoulder injury 30 minutes into the final, caused by a heavy tackle from Sergio Ramos.
“We have a pending account,” Salah tweeted shortly after Real Madrid’s remarkable victory was confirmed. The comment came 24 after Liverpool’s 5-2 aggregate victory against Villarreal and Salah’s initial request for the Spanish giants to reach the final.
“I want to play against Madrid, I have to be honest,” Salah said on Tuesday. “City are a really tough team, we played them several times this season. Personally, I think I would prefer Madrid. We lost in the final against them, so I want to play them and hopefully win it.”