Actual Madrid supervisor Carlo Ancelotti celebrates profitable La Liga with supporters. — Picture courtesy of @VINIJR
Similar to Mohammed Salah, I needed Liverpool to play Actual Madrid within the remaining of the Champions League, and never Manchester Metropolis.
And after very late drama within the Bernabeu Stadium within the early hours of Thursday morning within the semi-final second leg recreation towards Metropolis, Mo and I acquired our want.
Salah is clearly out for revenge. In 2018 when the 2 sides met within the remaining of the identical competitors, Salah was pressured off the pitch after simply half-hour following a reckless problem by Sergio Ramos.
Liverpool misplaced the sport by three objectives to 1.
And sure, whereas revenge is clearly a candy thought for all Liverpool followers forward of the Champions League remaining in Paris on Could 28, there’s one more reason I needed to play Actual Madrid, and that’s Carlo Ancelotti.
There’s historical past on this competitors between Carlo and Liverpool.
As a participant with Roma, he was within the squad that performed Liverpool within the remaining in 1984 however was dominated out of the match via damage.
Within the 2005 remaining, Ancelotti was supervisor of AC Milan once they threw away a three-goal result in lose to Liverpool in Istanbul.
Two years later and Ancelotti’s AC once more confronted Liverpool within the remaining of the Champions League in Athens, and Carlo acquired his revenge, profitable by two objectives to 1.
Final month, Actual secured the La Liga title with 4 video games to spare, making Ancelotti the primary supervisor to win all titles in 5 nations – Italy, France, England, Germany and Spain.
He received his first league title as a coach nearly twenty years in the past, topping Serie A in 2004 with AC Milan. He went on to win the Premier League in 2010 with Chelsea, Ligue 1 in 2013 with Paris Saint-Germain and the Bundesliga in 2017 with Bayern Munich.
An achievement that’s unlikely to ever be repeated.
In September final 12 months, he reached the milestone of 800 league matches as a supervisor with golf equipment from the highest 5 European leagues. Once more, a feat that may most likely by no means be repeated.
And to high that, he’s considered one of solely seven gamers ever to win Europe’s largest competitors as each a participant and a supervisor.
He has mentioned publically that when his contract expires in 2024, he’ll name it a day and draw a line underneath his glittering soccer profession.
I hope, selfishly, that he doesn’t add one other Champions League title to his assortment earlier than then, however win or lose there isn’t a doubt that he is likely one of the greats of the sport.
There’s additionally one other twist to this remaining.
Liverpool received the European Cup because it was again then, in 1981 due to a aim by fullback Alan Kennedy.
The opponents that day? Actual Madrid. And the placement? Paris after all.
So for all the above causes, I’m glad it’s Actual Madrid that Liverpool will play on the twenty eighth and never Man Metropolis.
And identical to Mo Salah, I hope it’s the crew in purple that come out on high. — VNS
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