Liverpool and Real Madrid will face the 2021-22 Champions League final at the Stade de France in the French capital, Paris, on Saturday, May 28.
The third final between the two teams has a special character, after the two teams met face-to-face twice in the final of the most prestigious continental competition, and the final will witness a special meeting between Carlo Ancelotti, who seeks to continue his superiority and crown his efforts in the current version by winning the title, and Jurgen Klopp, who aspires to win the championship and compensate for the loss. Against the Spanish team in the 2018 final.
History of confrontations between Italian Carlo Ancelotti and German Jurgen Klopp
Italian Ancelotti and German Klopp previously met in the Champions League, and the first was in the 2013-2014 season in the quarter-finals, when Ancelotti was coach of Real Madrid and Klopp coached Borussia Dortmund.
At the time, Real Madrid won the Bernabeu with three goals, and in the second leg at the Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund was close to achieving the Rimontada, but he failed in that and was satisfied with winning a clean double, so the Italian coach continued his career with the royal and topped Bayern Munich and then beat Atletico Madrid in The final match and the title absent from the royal coffers for 12 years.
In a second confrontation between the coaches in the 2019-2018 season, Ancelotti, the Italian coach of Napoli, then managed to beat Klopp with a clean goal in “San Paulo” during the last round of the group stage, but the Reds qualified for the final price thanks to his victory in the other match with the goal of the Egyptian Mohamed. Salah, and Liverpool managed to win the title that season.
In the 2019-2020 season, the confrontation was repeated between Klopp and Ancelotti, who failed with Napoli to win back and forth; He lost in “San Paulo” with a clean double and drew in “Anfield” with a goal for the same.
Italian Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti, 62, has proven this season that he is still able to win major titles, and is one step away from his second Champions League title with Real Madrid, and the fourth title in his coaching career after two crowns with AC Milan.
In the event of crowning the title, the Italian coaches will achieve the European title for the 12th time, as the most nationalities that have won the Cup with two ears, followed by the Spanish and German nationalities with 10 titles each.
Ancelotti’s strength this season is that he led his team to the final without new contracts, with the exception of Austrian defender David Alaba from Bayern Munich, and in leading the team to the exclusion of 3 candidates to win the title, namely Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City, and in finding a combination in the midfield with four players instead. From three, to create a team that was able to conquer the top European clubs, even though the average age of the players was not in his favour.
Real Madrid is playing the final of the Champions League for the 17th time in its history, as the most clubs to reach the final of the most prestigious club tournament in Europe.
Confidence of German Jürgen Klopp
For his part, Klopp, who reached the final for the fourth time in his career, aspires to win the title for the second time in his history after his coronation in 2019 against Tottenham, and for the seventh time in the history of the Reds.
Klopp reached the final with Borussia Dortmund in the 2012-2013 season, then with Liverpool in 2018, 2019 and 2022, but lost to Real Madrid in 2018, and to Bayern Munich in 2013.
Liverpool, led by its German coach, is on the threshold of completing all 63 matches in one season, when it finishes the Premier League competitions (38), in addition to 6 matches in the cup that won its title at the expense of Chelsea, and the same in the League Cup that crowned its title on Chelsea also account, and 13 games in the main continental competition.
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