Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti explains why Liverpool FC were easily defeated than Man City

Real beat Liverpool in Paris to win a 14th Champions League title, with Ancelotti becoming the first coach to win it four times.SHARE

  • BY JOE BRAY
  • 09:00, 29 MAY 2022

Carlo Ancelotti says Liverpool provided Real Madrid with their easiest tactical plan of their run to lifting a record-extending 14th Champions League title.

Real produced a stunning comeback to knock Manchester City out in the semi-finals, having already come back to beat Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in an impressive knockout run. In the final, they withstood Liverpool’s early pressure before restricting Jurgen Klopp’s side and then defending Vinicius Jr’s only goal to win the title. A stunning individual performance from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois stopped Liverpool whenever they breached Real’s stubborn defence.

Speaking after the game, Ancelotti claimed Liverpool were easier to beat than City were in the previous round, and he explained the tactical differences between the top two Premier League sides.

“Looking back, people said ‘oh PSG were unlucky, Chelsea were unlucky, Manchester City were unlucky’,” he explained.

“This was practically the only game where people thought we were more or less on the same level. I think it helped that Liverpool were easier to decipher than the others because they have a very clear identity and we could prepare the way that we did.

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