Liverpool, Real Madrid play the Champions League final in Paris

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PARIS (AP) – Thousands of football fans descended on Paris to watch Liverpool and Real Madrid meet in the Champions League final on Saturday.

There is a historic milestone at the Stade de France.

Carlo Ancelotti wants to be the first coach to win a fourth European club football major prize, adding to his success in 2014 when he became Madrid’s first boss. Italy’s first two victories were with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007.

Ancelotti has been awarded the Spanish title in his first season back in Madrid, beating Liverpool in the 2018 final led by Zinedine Zidane for a record 13th European Cup.

“We’re very close to achieving anything this season, and we’re going to give it our all to achieve it,” Ancelotti said. “We were very calm in camp. The team was very good at handling the pressure in this match.

Liverpool went on to become their sixth European champions by returning to the final in 2019. Since then Jurgen Klopp has ended the team’s 30 -year English champions drought in 2020. While the Premier League was not a single point last weekend. , the season could end with a rare trophy treble, having won the FA Cup and the League Cup.

Liverpool’s route through the losing phase through Inter Milan, Benfica and Villarreal looks smooth. Madrid have to repeat it.

He faced relegation in the round of 16 before two of Karim Benzema’s 15 European goals this season against Paris Saint-Germain. It took an equalizer of 10 minutes against Chelsea to stay in the quarter -finals before beating the defending champions in extra time. Madrid came on in the 90th minute against Manchester City in the semifinals until Rodrygo was the savior again with two goals canceling out an incredible comeback.

“If we’re at the top of the game, we’re hard to play, we’re really hard to play,” Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said. “Then that’s my only concern now. If we do that, let ourselves be convinced as well. But of course the confidence level of Madrid players is very high and it is an important part of football to be confident and confident about ourselves and this matter.

For three years in a row, UEFA was forced to change its final location. Not this time because of the pandemic but the Russian invasion of Ukraine that saw St. Petersburg removed hosting rights.

With the war entering its fourth month, the word “peace” will be displayed on the final match ball, which will be auctioned later to raise money for the refugees.

“The war is still there. . . and we have to think about it, ”Klopp said.“ Let’s see like this, if the game is still happening and not in St Petersburg, it might be the right message that Russia should receive. Life goes on, even if you try to ruin it. We play this final for everyone, not only but also, for everyone in Ukraine.

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