Jurgen Klopp’s role mode is Carlo Ancelotti; however, their good relationship will be put aside in their encounter in the Champions League on May 28.
, theReal Madrid
manager, is a “role model” and “one of the best people you can ever meet”.
Real Madrid and Liverpool will lock horns on May 28 in the final of theChampions League
and both are keen on winning the trophy.
Klopp and Ancelotti, who is the only coach to have delivered titles in all of Europe’s big five leagues, are facing each other as coaches for the 11th time. The two have first met in 2014.
Klopp talked about his opinion on Ancelotti and their clash ahead.
"What Carlo is for me is obviously one of the most successful managers in the world,
" Klopp told reporters.
"But he's a role model for me in the way he deals with his success.
"He is one of the best people you can ever meet, I think everybody will tell you that. He's fantastic company, a really nice guy, and we have a really good relationship.
"It had a break when he was at Everton because we both respect this part of the business too much, or we would have gone out to dinner a couple of times. We didn’t do that at all!
"The respect from my side couldn't be bigger. I'm sure he won everywhere, everything, and will never stop. I really respect that, but it doesn't mean anything for this game obviously."
Ancelotti was coaching Milan when Liverpool had an impressive comeback in the 2005 Champions League final, rising from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 and then win on penalties.
This time around, Madrid have shown dramatic turnarounds on the way to the final.
"If we would take only the last 10 minutes of all the knockout games they had, we would say they are pretty much unbeatable,"
"The comebacks they had are really special, but these games were longer than only these last 10 minutes and obviously they had to come back in moments.
"So the other team were in the lead, we remember the PSG game where they missed a lot of chances they usually [score]. Madrid kept the door open or PSG left the door open.
"But for sure this team is full of experience. They know exactly how to approach a game, especially a final. We felt that harshly in 2018.
"They had a massive advantage to us that night, that was clear. Since then we gained a lot of experience ourselves, which is very helpful."
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