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Ancelotti: Real are Champions League favorites

Published 2217 GMT (0617 HKT) May 26, 2016
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Carlo Ancelotti knows a thing or two about European Champions League success, having won the trophy three times. He twice led AC Milan to the title and famously ended Real Madrid's exhaustive wait for a 10th crown by beating Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the 2014 final. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
Ancelotti is replacing Pep Guardiola as Bayern Munich manager having been out of work since he was sacked by Real Madrid in May last year. Guardiola, the former Barcelona coach, is heading to the English Premier League to coach Manchester City. CHRISTOF STACHE,GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid's star player, suffered an injury worry in training ahead of the final but is expected to be fit to face Atletico in Milan on Saturday. The Champions League's record scorer has scored 16 in this year's competition -- as many as Atletico have scored as a whole. Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Ancelotti enjoyed a good relationship with Ronaldo when he was at Real, despite rumors of the Portuguese falling out with other coaches, most notably Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez. Ancelotti said: "A lot of people ask me if it is difficult to manage top talent but it is really easy because they are so professional. Cristiano Ronaldo is so successful because he is really serious, really professional." GERARD JULIEN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Atletico's head coach Diego Simeone gives the thumbs up during training ahead of the final. The team plays in the Argentine's image -- dogged, relentless and tenacious. Under him it broke the stranglehold of Barcelona and Real Madrid to win the Spanish League title in 2013. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
Real is coached by Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman was Ancelotti's assistant when it secured its 10th Champions League crown, and spent five years at the club as a player after joining for a world record fee in 2001. Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Zidane scored the only goal in Real Madrid's ninth Champions League success, an incredible volley that sealed a 2-1 win for Los Blancos against German side Bayer
Leverkusen at Hampden Park in Scotland in 2002.
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In the 2014 final, Diego Godin's 36th minute goal had Atletico in front for nearly an hour until Sergio Ramos equalized in the third minute of stoppage time to force the match into extra time. Franck Fife/AFP/Getty
Buoyed by its late leveler, Real went on to score three more times during the extra half an hour, Gareth Bale putting them ahead before further goals from Marcelo and Ronaldo sealed victory. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
The win ended Real's 11-year wait for a tenth European crown. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images