Carlo Ancelotti claims Liverpool were the easiest team to map out in this season’s knockout rounds Champions League.
The Real Madrid manager has carved his name further into the folklore of Europe’s premier club competition after citing the Spanish side’s unlikely success, which culminated in yesterday’s 1-0 win in Paris.
Although Real owed the win to man of the match Thibaut Courtois, who made a number of outstanding saves, Real ultimately deserved the win and saved their best performance of the competition for the final.
Real’s run to the Stade de France had previously been marked by a series of miraculous escape attempts against the likes of Paris Saint-Germain. Chelsea and Manchester City.
However, Ancelotti claimed Liverpool’s defined style based on a 4-3-3 formation, their high defensive line and relentless pressing game made them easy opponents to counter.
“Looking back people said PSG were unlucky, Chelsea were unlucky, Manchester City were unlucky, that was practically the only game where people thought we were more or less at the same level,” Ancelotti smiled in his press conference after the Game.
“I think it helped that Liverpool were easier to decipher than the others because they have a very clear identity and we were able to prepare the way we did. We knew what strategy to take, don’t give them space behind the defense to run into.
“Maybe our football tonight wasn’t exceptionally beautiful on an aesthetic level, but playing from behind to stimulate pressing wasn’t a good idea.
“We still had a couple of long balls and when their pressure eased in our half of the field we were able to control the ball better, especially in the second half.”
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, meanwhile, felt that despite Spain’s triumph, the Reds still deserved to be considered Europe’s best side, a claim firmly refuted by his former international team-mate Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand said: “I don’t think they are the best team, you have to win the big trophies to be seen as that. I think they are an incredibly exciting team, their intensity, the points they have this year, their consistency.
“They’ve played in every single game that’s been available to them, but you need to get your hands on the trophies to be called the best team in Europe.
“I don’t think they can be viewed like that and that would be disrespectful to a side like Madrid who have done what they did to the other best teams in Europe.
“They beat all of our top three teams in our league, they got rid of them and got their hands on the trophy.”
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