Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t believe either side will be favourites when Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet in the Champions League final.
Atletico’s 3-1 win over Chelsea booked their place in Lisbon on May 24, the day after Madrid had routed defending champions Bayern Munich with a 5-0 aggregate win to reach the showpiece.
Ancelotti spoke to Sky Italia after Atleti dispatched Chelsea and offered his congratulations to Diego Simeone’s side.
“Everyone in Madrid is happy and there are no favourites for the final. Atletico deserve to be there, they were simply better,” AS reports the Coach as saying.
“Anyone who has been to a final knows there are no favourites. It will be a close game.
“[Chelsea and Atletico] are two similar teams. One has desire and less experience, the other is more experienced but with less desire.”
Ancelotti added that rather than fret about facing Atletico, he was going to enjoy the occasion.
“I’m excited. I live in a world where you get to enjoy these positive moments, because then we can get a negative,” he said.
“It’s a great success getting to the Champions League final with Madrid after 12 years.
“I feel good. It’s important because it allows you to see things in the right way.
“I don’t have personal ambitions. I’m working at a club that’s perhaps the biggest in the world.
“Football has given me a lot and I’ve been lucky. They say in Italy ‘when a door closes, a gate opens,’ although my time at Chelsea was also very good.
“I want to continue here next season.”