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Victory would make Real’s Italian ‘finisher’ the most successful manager in history of European Cup

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The main question facing Carlo Ancelott, above, seems to be whether to start Rodrygo, whose contribution to beating Manchester City in the semi-final was massive

The main question facing Carlo Ancelott, above, seems to be whether to start Rodrygo, whose contribution to beating Manchester City in the semi-final was massive

AC Milan's captain Maldini walks dejected beside manager Ancelotti after his team lost Champions League finals in Istanbul

AC Milan's captain Maldini walks dejected beside manager Ancelotti after his team lost Champions League finals in Istanbul

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The main question facing Carlo Ancelott, above, seems to be whether to start Rodrygo, whose contribution to beating Manchester City in the semi-final was massive

Carlo Ancelotti does not need reminding about what happened on this day 17 years ago. Thoughts of that wild night in Istanbul in 2005 always resurface for the Real Madrid coach in late May but those memories are even more urgent because the 62-year-old is preparing for another Champions League final against Liverpool.

Saturday in Paris will be the third time the Italian has faced the Merseyside club in European football’s showpiece. That first meeting will forever haunt Ancelotti. His Milan side were 3-0 up at half-time in the Ataturk Stadium but lost on penalties after Liverpool’s stunning comeback.


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