27 Aug 2022 | 08:25 | Football
Real Madrid are determined not to be beaten at this season’s summit of European football as they prepare to begin their campaign against Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup tie in Helsinki on Wednesday.
Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, the only man to have won the Champions League four times, said his side’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in last season’s final made him “feel like no one can replace him”. take your place”.
“And that’s pretty strong motivation to keep winning,” he said in an interview with UEFA.com.
Ancelotti returned for a second spell at Real before last season and led them to their 35th Spanish title.
It was in Europe, however, where Real really impressed, with comeback wins over Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City before beating the favored Red Devils in the final.
“All the comebacks we’ve achieved have been achieved in our stadium, thanks to that power coming from the stands. Always believe, never give up. After all, we’ve got you covered. I played against very strong teams. It was inevitable that we would suffer losses,” he said.
The Italian coach said he has seen the echo of Real’s fighting spirit against opponents under Frankfurt, and is aware that last season’s Europa League winners should not be taken lightly.
“Last year, Eintracht achieved something special because they were not among the favorites,” added Ancelotti, who has just returned from a pre-season tour of the US.
Wednesday’s match will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, where Frankfurt will play the Super Cup in its first meeting with Madrid since the legendary 1960 Champions League final that the Spanish giants won. Nha won 7-3.
Real will participate in the National Super Cup for the 8th time, after lifting the championship trophy 4 times.
Ancelotti himself is also unbeaten in the Super Cup finals. He won two titles with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007, as well as with Real in 2014.
– ‘More disadvantage’ for Real –
While Real will face a team that qualified for the final after winning their first European Cup in 42 years, Ancelotti says Frankfurt has the edge in Wednesday’s clash in Helsinki.
“We are at a more disadvantage than Eintracht, who started the season earlier, but we will play to win,” he said.
Although Madrid’s La Liga campaign won’t begin until Sunday when they take on newly-promoted Almeria, Frankfurt fans may question how much of an advantage they have after yesterday’s 6-1 destruction. Friday at the hands of Bayern Munich in the opening match of the Bundesliga season. .
Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp said his side won’t suffer too much against Madrid and are enjoying the experience ahead of their first Champions League campaign of the year.
They beat Barcelona on their way to winning the Europa League last season, beating Rangers on penalties in the final in Seville.
“We want to be a difficult team to face, who fight and never give up. Of course we have respect, but not fear,” the former PSG goalkeeper told the Eintracht Frankfurt website. in an interview published Sunday.
Trapp, who along with the former Bayern and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze is one of the few players with Champions League experience with Eintracht, saying his side deserved their spot in the opening game of the season.
“Playing in the Super Cup means you’ve succeeded, won it and done a good job. To have a chance to win the title at this stage of the season against this club (Madrid) – it’s impossible. better. “
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