The UEFA Champions League finals are set for this Saturday between Real Madrid and Liverpool, with Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti expressing confidence ahead of the highly anticipated match.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was the AC Milan boss when Liverpool pulled off their miracle comeback win in Istanbul in 2005, assured that the team was in form ahead of the May 28 match.
"The team is in good shape; we all started working together as of yesterday. We have a slight issue with Marcelo, but the full squad are in top physical condition and are very excited," said the Italian.
"We're preparing calmly for the game, focusing on what we need to do and how we want to do it. The excitement and motivation around the place are huge. We're playing the biggest game in world football, and we're going to give it our all. This club has won so much, and all the Madridistas are proud of this team, as are we from the inside, and we're enjoying it."
Real Madrid won La Liga by 13 points this season, with Barcelona finishing second. He further assured that the team was relaxed and preparing well for the game.
"The competition gets greater in Europe every year. There are many teams whose aim it is to win the Champions League. In that sense, getting to the final is a success in itself, with all the competition around. The fact Madrid has made the final several times over the last eight years is a huge success, and we can win another won now."
Rodrygo made the difference for Real Madrid in the semi-final against Manchester City, coming off the bench to score two late goals and force extra time. Ancelotti also hinted that the Brazilian footballer could start against Liverpool.
"It doesn't worry me because I know what he's capable of in the game. It's not a match for 11 players; there will be more involved. If we've made it to the final, it's because the guys who have come on for just three or four minutes have been there to help the team out."