Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has fond memories of the Champions League as both a player and a coach. ‘It’s a special competition for me.’
Thirteen-time Champions League winnersReal Madrid
travel to the San Siro on Wednesday for their opening Group D clash against Serie A championsInter
Los Blancos head into the game on the back of a 5-2 La Liga victory againstCelta Vigo
, which was the first game played at the Santiago Bernabeu in over 18 months.
“The team is in good shape, we did well against Celta Vigo, although tomorrow will be a very different competition,”
said Ancelotti in his press conference
The Italian returns for a new stint and is expected to repeat his past success with the Spanish giants, especially in the Champions League.
“This is a tournament that means a lot to Madrid. It’s a special competition for me too, as I won it both as a player and a coach with such fond memories, especially La Decima.
“It’s difficult to say who are the favorites to win the trophy when the competition hasn’t even started yet. All I can say is that Real Madrid will be competitive and fight for the prize.”
Real Madrid have an impressive record against Italian opposition, winning 12 of their last 13 matches in the Champions League, including their previous two against Inter last season.
They will not have
as they are out with injuries, while there are doubts around
“Alaba trained individually, he will work with the team today and then we’ll see, but I think he can play. Modric will rest, but only until tomorrow evening just before kick-off,”
smiled Ancelotti with a raised eyebrow
“The idea was to start Marcelo, as his experience is fundamental in certain games. Unfortunately, he had this problem and I hope he can recover quickly.”