'Easier to decipher' than PSG & Chelsea: Carlo Ancelotti breaks down Real's win over Liverpool


Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has, on Sunday evening, provided an insight into some of the finer details of his side's latest Champions League showpiece triumph.

Los Blancos of course marked their return to action 24 hours ago.

In the final outing of the European club calendar, the Spanish champions made the trip to Paris, hopeful of sealing a season double at the expense of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

And, when all was said and done, put the Reds to the sword on the Champions League's biggest stage for the 2nd time in four years is precisely what Real managed.

Buoyed by a Thibaut Courtois masterclass at one end, Vinicius Jr's finish just shy of the hour mark at the other proved enough to guide Ancelotti and co. to a 1-0 triumph, adding a whopping 14th Champions League trophy to the silverware cabinet at the Bernabeu.

'A clear identity'

Their eventual triumph on Saturday, of course, came with Real Madrid having defied the odds time and time again en route to booking their spot in the Champions League's finale.

The capital giants were forced into comebacks in each of the last-16, quarter-final and semi-final rounds, in respective wins over Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Speaking to the media after seeing his side crowned as the continent's best, it therefore came as little surprise when Carlo Ancelotti was keen to highlight just how impressive Los Merengues' run to the Champions League truly was.

"Looking back, people said PSG were unlucky, Chelsea were unlucky, Manchester City were unlucky," the Italian began.

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

From here, interestingly, Ancelotti too provided an insight into some of the finer details of the game plan behind Real's downing of Liverpool.

Citing the 'very clear identity' of Jurgen Klopp's side, the iconic tactician suggested that Liverpool were in fact the 'easiest to decipher' of Los Blancos' knockout stage opponents, explaining:

"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."

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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