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    Real Madrid boss Ancelotti describes 2022 as one of his ´most special years´

    Carlo Ancelotti has called 2022 one of his “most special” years after leading Real Madrid to glory in the Champions League and La Liga.

    Los Blancos’ victory over Liverpool in Paris in May made Ancelotti the first manager to win a major European club competition four times.

    The 63-year-old, who was linked to a vacant job in Brazil, reflects on a great year and considers it to be one of the best of his career.

    “This is a special year that comes after a rather hectic period,” he told Il Foglio.

    “I felt like my career was coming to an end. It was a unique season because of the way we won, especially in the Champions League.

    “Impressive comebacks that turn all predictions upside down with a thousand challenges to overcome. I consider this year 2022 one of the most special years of my life. Yes, just 12 months to remember.”

    Despite speculation that he could replace Tite as Brazil manager, Ancelotti insisted his focus remained solely on Madrid and steered them towards yet another Champions League triumph.

    “In fact, after the victory you never stop,” he added.

    “You immediately think about the future. You lift the number 14 in the Champions League and you are immediately told to think about number 15.

    “This is the history and tradition of this club. Real Madrid is a football club, I repeat, a football club. Economics and finance are almost in the background. The sports component is the most important.

    “And yet the budgets have remained in order despite the difficult restructuring of the Santiago Bernabéu and the hardships of the pandemic years during which all football has suffered.”

    Madrid, who beat Valladolid 2-0 on Friday in their first game since the World Cup, will play Tier 4 Cacereno in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.

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