The 2021/22 Champions League final will be contested between two of the best managers of the modern era.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid in Paris on May 28th, as both sides look to add to their already significant Champions League collections.
It is Real who come out on top when comparing European titles, having won a staggering 13 compared to Liverpool’s six. But who comes out on top when comparing the clubs' respective managers?
Jurgen Klopp vs Carlo Ancelotti
Well, though close, it is Carlo Ancelotti who emerges victorious when looking at the head-to-head record of the two bosses.
Klopp and Ancelotti have faced off 10 times in competitive matches. The first came in April 2014, with the most recent in February 2021.
The first two meetings between the pair arrived when Ancelotti was Real Madrid boss – for the first time – and Klopp was still with Borussia Dortmund.
Madrid saw off BVB by three goals to nil in the first of two Champions League quarter-final ties, with the German outfit then winning the reverse leg 2-0.
Klopp then moved to Liverpool and Ancelotti found his way to Napoli. Whilst in charge of Napoli, the Italian got the better of Liverpool twice, drew with them once and lost to them once back in December of 2018.
The next time the two greats would clash came when Ancelotti took the Everton job in late 2019.
Given the Toffees' horrid record against Liverpool, it was expected that Klopp would dominate. However, such a scenario did not transpire. Liverpool won the first meeting with Ancelotti's Blues 1-0 before drawing twice in a row and then suffering a 2-0 defeat in February of last year. That was Everton’s first win over their city rivals since all the way back in 2011.
And it also marked the last meeting between Klopp and Ancelotti, with the latter therefore coming out on top in the head-to-head standings despite, for the most part, being in charge of weaker sides. Klopp has won three games compared to Ancelotti’s four, with the remaining three matches having ended as draws.
Who has won more trophies?
Carlo Ancelotti also bests Klopp when it comes to trophies won.
Ancelotti has won silverware with six clubs in all five of the top leagues, giving him a grand total of 22 trophies as a manager.
The clubs Ancelotti won silverware with come in the form of Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Klopp, meanwhile, has enjoyed success with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, but only bagged 11 trophies thus far.