Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti backs Mohamed Salah as world’s best ahead of Champions League Final
‘I think he’s right’: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti backs Mohamed Salah’s claims he’s better than ‘ANY player in his position’, just a fortnight before Champions League final match against Liverpool
- Carlo Ancelotti agrees that Mohamed Salah is better than anyone in his position
- Salah was named the 2022 FWA Footballer of the Year earlier this month.
- Real’s Karim Benzema is believed to be Salah’s main rival for the Ballon d’Or.
- His Madrid team will face Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 28
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti agreed with Mohamed Salah’s claims that he was better than “any player in his position” after another 30-goal season for Liverpool.
Salah’s claims had been debated, but Ancelotti was convinced enough to accept that he was the best in his position, but did not go a step further and claimed that he was the best player in the world.
The Egyptian striker is one of the main candidates to win this year’s prestigious Ballon d’Or, and his main rival is believed to be Ancelotti’s own Karim Benzema, who will face Salah’s Liverpool in the Champions League final. on May 28.
Mo Salah has 30 goals in 48 Liverpool games this term despite a drop in form in recent weeks.
Ancelotti said: ‘Salah has said that in his position he is the best in the world and I think he is right.
‘I agree with him. In his position, yes, he is the best in the world.’
Salah’s comments came after he was named the 2022 FWA Footballer of the Year, and is currently leading the race for the Premier League golden boot as Liverpool chase an unprecedented quadruple.
Salah could win his second Champions League title, while Karim Benzema goes after the fifth
speaking to be in sportsvia GoalSalah said: ‘If you compare me to any player in my position, not only in my team but in the world, you will find that I am the best.
I always focus on my work and give my best and my numbers are the best proof of my words.
‘I like to always create a new challenge for myself, work in a different way and make a difference and that is my duty.’
Ancelotti became the first coach to win a title in each of Europe’s top five leagues this year.
This season’s Champions League final is a repeat of the star match of 2018, in which Salah had to be replaced in the first half after sustaining a shoulder injury from a challenge from Sergio Ramos.
Liverpool lost the game 3-1 thanks to a stunning shot from above by Gareth Bale and goalkeeper errors by Loris Karius, and Salah has openly expressed his desire for revenge this time.
He said: ‘I remember the last final against Real Madrid like it was yesterday. We are well prepared and hopefully we can get our revenge in the next final.’
Salah can win his second trophy of the season in the FA Cup final on May 28 against Chelsea