Ancelotti discusses successful methodology and addresses goalkeeper issue

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti discussed the 'secret' behind his successful methodology during a press conference ahead of the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. The Italian also addressed the goalkeeper issue at Los Blancos.

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The 64-year-old Ancelotti can win the Champions League for the fifth time as a coach on Saturday at Wembley. As a player for AC Milan, he also won the previous European Cup I twice. As a coach, he won the prestigious European prize twice with Milan and twice with Real Madrid, cementing his reputation as one of the most successful managers in football history.

During Monday's press conference, Ancelotti delved deeper into questions about his methodology. "I believe that interpersonal relationships are a fundamental part of our lives. It is the most important thing, always based on respect for the individual," said the Italian. "I hope that the players and the people who work with me understand this. The interpersonal relationship is more important than the professional one."

Ancelotti emphasized the significance of creating a positive environment within the team. "I am not a psychologist, but I have a lot of experience in locker rooms. Relationships are the most important thing. I always try to talk to people with respect, not just about sports, but also about personal life. We are in an environment with fifty people. I spend more time with the players than with my wife or children, so if there is no good working environment, we do not perform well," explained Ancelotti. This approach has been a cornerstone of his management style, fostering a cohesive and motivated squad.

Goalkeeper Debate

The successful coach was also asked about how his Saturday on the day of the final will look. "I like to eat salmon, broccoli, and pasta. Then I take an hour's siesta if I can... After that, I start thinking about the match, and the nerves kick in. Then there's a team meeting, and my heart rate starts to go up. It stays between 110 and 120, and when the match begins, I have my normal heart rate again," Ancelotti explained. His routine underscores the importance of maintaining a balance between physical preparation and mental calmness.

Regarding the goalkeeper position for the final, Ancelotti remained undecided. "They both deserve to play in the final. Lunin did a great job when Courtois was injured, but we all know Courtois' qualities. I haven't decided yet who will play. I'm now curious to hear your debates about who should play; I will listen with interest," Ancelotti said with a laugh. This decision is crucial, as the goalkeeper can often be the difference in high-stakes matches like the Champions League final.

Looking Ahead

Ancelotti's potential fifth Champions League title would further solidify his legendary status in the football world. His ability to adapt and succeed across different leagues and teams highlights his tactical acumen and leadership qualities. As the final approaches, the football world watches with bated breath, anticipating how Ancelotti's experience and wisdom will play out on the grand stage of Wembley. The decision on the goalkeeper, the team's preparation, and Ancelotti's steady hand at the helm are all pivotal elements that could lead Real Madrid to yet another European triumph.

Updated: 02:22, 27 May 2024

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