Liverpool ‘easier’ opponents for Real Madrid than Manchester City, Chelsea and PSG, says Ancelotti

A 1-0 win against the Reds was a marked contrast to the great escapes that exemplified Los Blancos' run to the final
A 1-0 win against the Reds was a marked contrast to the great escapes that exemplified Los Blancos’ run to the final

Carlo Ancelotti says Liverpool were “easier” for Real Madrid than Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City after their UEFA Champions League final victory in Paris on Saturday.

Los Blancos claimed a 1-0 victory over Jurgen KIopp’s Reds to claim their first continental crown since 2018, when they beat the Premier League outfit previously.

It took several feats of last-gasp magic and great escapes against a trio of heavyweights to get there, and speaking afterwards, Ancelotti suggested the final contest had been the easiest of all for his side.

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“Looking back, people said PSG were unlucky, Chelsea were unlucky, Manchester City were unlucky,” the Italian said in his post-match press conference.

“This was practically the only game where people thought we were more or less on the same level.

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“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. We knew what strategy to take – don’t give them space behind the defence to run into.

“Perhaps our football wasn’t extraordinarily beautiful on an aesthetic level, but playing out from the back to incentivise their pressing wasn’t a great idea. We had a few more long balls, then we got to control the ball more, especially in the second half.”