54-year-old Carlo Ancelotti has had a memorable managerial career to date, winning top honours with Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and now Real Madrid.
Arguably his finest hour as a boss came during his Milan days, as he lifted the Champions League trophy in 2003 before repeating the trick in 2007.
This Saturday, however, he could be set for the biggest highlight of his career to date as his Real Madrid side aim to beat city-rivals Atletico Madrid this Saturday to win the much-talked about Decima – the 10th Champions League crown in Real’s illustrious history.
In the build up to the clash, former Chelsea boss Ancelotti has been talking about his finest moments and recalled cheering on Liverpool during their 2007 Champions League semi-final victory over Chelsea.
The Reds levelled the tie within 90 minutes thanks to a Daniel Agger inspired 1-0 victory, and after extra-time had passed and no more goals, the remaining Champions League final place came down to a penalty shootout.
Liverpool were clinical, whereas the Blues faltered badly, missing two spot kicks as Jose Mourinho’s side were downed once again in front of the Liverpool faithful.
Incidentally, Liverpool’s victory set-up another meeting with Carlo Ancelotti’s Milan side, and the Italian boss revealed it was his desire to meet the Anfield outfit so that they could gain sweet revenge for that incredible night in Istanbul in 2005.
“The Champions League that I won in Athens in 2007 had a sweet taste after returning to face Liverpool in the final.” He said, quoted by Spanish newspaper AS.
“They played the semi-final against Chelsea and our city seemed like the Kop – the mythical bounds of Anfield. We were there, wearing Liverpool scarves, and everything was what we desired, they made it to the final.”
“There was a euphoria, it was impossible to describe. We knew we were going to win the Champions League, and that Liverpool were going to be crushed.”