Real Madrid boss Ancelotti debunks Champions League obsession claims


Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has debunked claims that Los Blancos are obsessed with winning the UEFA Champions League.

The Spanish capital giants will be aiming to win a record-extending 15th European title when they take on Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday night.

It will also be a third Champions League title for Ancelotti with Madrid after previous success in 2014 and 2022.

It has led to claims the men in white have a big craving for Europe’s premier club football competition but Ancelotti insisted it was more about competing and giving their best.

“No the [Champions League] is not an obsession for us,” the Italian tactician said ahead of the final.

“Our obsession is to try and compete to give our maximum as we have done throughout the season, as we did last season. Sometimes things don’t happen the way you’d like.

“Winning the Champions League is very, very important and I think that we can already say this team’s season has been really successful, no matter what happens tomorrow.”

Ancelotti revealed that Thibaut Courtois will be in goal for Madrid as Andriy Lunin is down with a flu.

“[Andriy] Lunin has had the flu. He’s going to travel. He is going to be on the bench of course and yes Thibaut Courtois is going to be in goal tomorrow,” he added.

Real Madrid and Dortmund have met 14 times in the Champions League, the former winning six times, the latter three times while five encounters have been draws.

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