Carlo Ancelotti believes Everton fans are backing his Real Madrid side to beat Liverpool
‘I know they’ll support ME!’: Carlo Ancelotti insists Everton fans want him to lead Real Madrid to Champions League glory against Liverpool, despite his abrupt departure from Goodison Park to return to the Bernabeu last summer
- Carlo Ancelotti led Everton between December 2019 and June 2021
- He then abruptly left the club to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid
- Since then, the Italian led Real Madrid to the Champions League final
- They face Everton’s bitter rivals Liverpool in the final in Paris
- Ancelotti believes Everton fans will want his team to beat Liverpool
Carlo Ancelotti is sure Everton fans will support his side of Real Madrid when they take on Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday.
The Italian spent 18 months at Goodison Park before returning to Spain last summer for his second stay at the Bernabeu.
He insists he looks back fondly on his time at Everton and is confident that their supporters will support him to beat Liverpool to the greatest prize in European football.
Carlo Ancelotti led Everton for 18 months before leaving the club last June
He is now with Real Madrid and guided them to a Champions League final against Liverpool
“I know the Evertonians will definitely support us tomorrow,” Ancelotti said at his pre-match press conference in Paris.
“I have fond memories of my time on the blue side and I know they will support me.”
Ancelotti hasn’t always spoken glowingly about his Merseyside stay as he appeared to be doing a dig on the Toffees in November.
When asked if he found it more difficult to manage Real Madrid or Everton, Ancelotti replied: “It’s better to have a Ferrari than a Fiat 500.”
Ancelotti thinks Everton fans want him to lead Real Madrid to victory against Liverpool
However, he now appears to have changed his mind, just under a year after he abruptly left the Premier League club to replace Zinedine Zidane in the Spanish capital.
Ancelotti will be in the dugout for his fifth Champions League final at the Stade de France – no other manager has achieved this feat.
He has won three of his previous four finals, with his only defeat to Liverpool against AC Milan in their memorable 2005 clash in Istanbul.
A win on Saturday would give Real Madrid their second major silverware in Ancelotti’s first season at the helm, having secured another LaLiga title earlier this month.