Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti: No one has beaten us in terms of commitment and motivation

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti lauded his team’s journey to reach the Champions League final at the Stade de France, where they will meet Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on May 29 (IST).

“We haven’t displayed exceptional quality in our play, but no one has beaten us in terms of commitment and motivation,” Ancelotti was quoted as saying.

“Commitment and motivation is not enough to win it, but you have to have it in the final. No-one deserves to win a final, however – you have to earn it with what we do in the big game, not before.”

Ancelotti said his Real Madrid men were “calm and motivated” in the LaLiga match against Real Betis, which ended in a 0-0 stalemate. He added that French forward Kylian Mbappe’s decision to extend his stay at Paris Saint-Germain instead of joining Real Madrid didn’t create any distraction in the locker-room.

The 62-year-old Italian further said his players’ experience heading into their fifth Champions League final in eight years could give them an upper hand.

“Some of the players could be teaching me how to play a final, they have played more decisive games than me,” Ancelotti said ahead of his record-breaking fifth Champions League final.

“The locker room speech will be easy for me, I don’t even need to say anything for them. They know how to prepare better than most because of what they have lived through in the last years.

“The thing that surprised me the most is how humble and hard-working this group of players are even after so much success. They are ready, committed but really enjoying this moment.”

Ancelotti is the first coach to win European football’s top trophy thrice with different clubs. He is now on the verge of surpassing Zinedine Zidane and Bob Paisley to become the first to clinch four trophies. He, however, said that this season it was difficult for him to control his emotions in the final hours ahead of the crucial games.

“I’m sweating a lot, my heart beat starts to accelerate. It’s been a difficult process for me and I can’t really explain why,” Ancelotti said.

“It’s hard because there is nothing you can do until the game starts. After kick-off, however, it all comes back to normal. But in that three hours before the game there are no pills or medicine that can change that feeling, you just have to deal with it.”

The Italian noted that his team is in great shape with no injuries, meaning he has the full squad at his disposal for the final against Liverpool.

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