Metropolis gained the final season’s competitors — their first European Cup title — as a part of a historic treble, beating Inter Milan 1-0 within the last after eliminating holders Madrid 5-1 on mixture within the semifinals.
Madrid, who’ve gained the competitors a report 14 instances together with 5 instances within the final decade, kick off their 2023-24 marketing campaign internet hosting Group C opponents Union Berlin on the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
“I believe Metropolis are favourites,” Ancelotti instructed a information convention on Tuesday. “They’ve a squad which allowed them to win it final yr, which hasn’t modified a lot. There are at all times surprises, above all within the latter phases, however proper now Metropolis may very well be thought of favourites.”
“Clearly [our target is] to get by means of the group stage, to undergo the quarters, and to compete till the tip,” Ancelotti mentioned. “Making the final 4, we will say that with out an excessive amount of strain, that is a goal we will attain.”
“I see us as a workforce that may compete,” he added. “We have by no means considered ourselves as favourites and I do not assume Metropolis will both as of right now.”
The Italian coach confirmed that right-back Dani Carvajal would miss Wednesday’s sport with a muscle pressure, however he refused to rule the defender out of Sunday’s LaLiga derby with Atletico Madrid.
“We desire to relaxation him to keep away from issues,” Ancelotti mentioned. “He’ll endure checks tomorrow. He feels fairly OK so we expect it is not critical, he may very well be again quickly.”