Real Madrid’s assistant manager Davide Ancelotti has issued a warning to Mohamed Salah after the Liverpool forward stated his desire to seek Champions League final revenge, saying the Spanish title holders “never give up”.
Real and Liverpool will meet in Paris this Saturday in a repeat of the 2017/18 Champions League final, in which Los Blancos won 3-1 after Salah left the field in the first half with a dislocated shoulder following a collision with Sergio Ramos.
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The match was delicately-poised upon Salah’s enforced withdrawal on the half-hour mark, and Zinedine Zidane’s men ultimately went on to win the trophy in Kyiv following Karim Benzema’s deadlock-breaker and a brace from Gareth Bale.
Ahead of this weekend’s European sequel, Salah has been talking up his desire to right the wrongs from that defeat at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium half a decade ago, writing on social media that Liverpool have a “score to settle” with Real.
We have a score to settle. pic.twitter.com/MWxfhIIW78
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) May 4, 2022
Davide Ancelotti, son of current head coach Carlo, has now been reacting to Salah’s comments, believing Real have shown on numerous occasions this campaign that ‘giving up’ is not part of their catechism, as shown in their comeback wins over PSG, Chelsea and Man City.
“It is a great game to play against Real Madrid and I understand that a player has the ambition to play against the greatest team in the competition,” Ancelotti told the PA news agency.
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“The players at this level are really competitive, so it is good that a player can find motivation thinking about revenge.
“But the thing we have at Real Madrid is that we are always in the fight.
“We never give up and this is part of the history of these players and this club.
“It has been amazing to experience it (the journey to the final). I have been lucky to live this experience alongside the players and will never forget it.”