Ancelotti becomes the most successful coach in UCL history

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the UCL final to make Carlo Ancelotti the most successful manager in UCL history.

Carlo Ancelotti led Real Madrid to the Champions League trophy on Saturday. In doing so, he won his fourth UCL crown and became the most successful manager in the tournament’s history.

The Italian led AC Milan to titles in 2003 and 2007 before conquering the continent again with Real Madrid in 2014.

“I think the fact that nobody thought we could win helped us. I think we deserve it,” Ancelotti told reporters in the post-match press conference. “We suffered a lot to win it, from the last 16, but we never gave up. I have to say that it’s easier to win a Champions League with Real Madrid than with any other club.”

Only two coaches have won three European Cup titles: Real’s Zinedine Zidane and Liverpool’s Bob Paisley.

By surpassing them, Ancelotti made history at the Stade de France. He also won the cup twice as a player, in 1989 and 1990 when he played under Arrigo Sacchi at AC Milan.

Despite Los Blancos only scoring one goal in the final, Ancelotti said he never doubted his players.

“I think we handled today’s game well as it was important not to give space to the front line,” he added. “Our back four played very well and never managed to find space at the back. When their pressing dropped in the second half, we played better with the ball and won the game.” Ancelotti becomes the most successful coach in UCL history

John Verrall

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