Carlo Ancelott advises Real Madrid players ahead of UCL Final

Madrid will face Dortmund at Wembley on June 1

By Web Desk
May 27, 2024
Carlo Ancelotti. - Reuters

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti advised his players to enjoy the moment as they gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on June 1 at Wembley. 

Ancelotti will take charge as manager in his sixth final, eight overall, and third with Real who are looking to win a record-extending 15th European crown.

"It is a week to enjoy. The challenge, the opponent... We're going to enjoy it until Friday. Reaching a final is always a success," the Italian told a news conference on Monday.

"We have a lot of confidence. As for being favourites, we don't think about that. We have to play against a team that has done very well in eliminating PSG... Atletico Madrid. They have shown commitment and attitude."

After bagging the LaLiga title with four games to spare, Ancelotti has been able to give some time off to players.

"The build-up to the big game is always the same, the excitement to be a protagonist in the most important match of the season," Ancelotti said.

"This is my ninth final if I count those as a player. The three as a player and the sixth as a coach. It's always the same week: happiness and then worry. The fear will come, but before it does, I'm going to enjoy it.

"The cold sweat comes on Saturday afternoon. It's quite normal, it comes every match and I have experience. I have a lot of confidence in my team. They are in Champions League mode."

Ancelotti didn’t reveal who will be Real's goalkeeper at Wembley.

Thibaut Courtois has started four games since making a comeback from a serious knee injury but Andriy Lunin was Real's hero when they defeated Manchester City on penalties to reach the last four of UCL.

"Both deserve to play in the final. Lunin has done spectacularly and Courtois, we all know the quality he has," Ancelotti said.