Ancelotti longing to win La Decima

Carlo Ancelotti is desperate to be the Coach who wins Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup.

Los Blancos have been crowned European champions on nine previous occasions, but can win ‘La Decima’ later this month when they take on Atletico Madrid in Lisbon.

And the Italian tactician has insisted that his men will be fully focused on May 24.

“I am lucky because we are all extremely motivated,” he told UEFA.

“Everyone feels the same; the players, the club, the fans and myself. We are very close to doing it, but we know it won't be easy because Champions League finals are always very unpredictable.

“You don't play in the final of the Champions League every day, not every team has a chance to do this. We feel honoured because we have a chance to win the Décima.

“Any personal satisfaction would be for the success of the group. Winning it would be a great achievement for the club – I like the idea of having the chance to make history at this great club by winning the Décima.

“The Champions League has given me a lot personally; this is the seventh final I've taken part in and I've won it four times. The chance to be the Real Madrid manager when the club wins the Décima is a big motivation.”

The former Milan man then commented on their opponents in Portugal, and where the Rojiblancos’ strengths are.

“I think their most important characteristic is their organisation. They work really hard together.

“They fight from the very first minute to the last. They are a really strong side, with a lot of quality which they use on the counter and with speed, especially in attack.

“They are also very dangerous from dead ball situations.”

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