In the wake of his aspect’s 2-0 win on Tuesday night, Carlo Ancelotti joked with Jurgen Klopp that Liverpool had a historical past of occurring to win the Champions League after shedding to Napoli within the group levels.
The Group E conflict seemed to be heading for a goalless draw earlier than Andy Robertson was judged to have fouled Jose Callejon contained in the penalty space and Dries Mertens slotted residence the ensuing spot-kick by way of Adrian’s fingertips.
A uncommon lapse in focus from Virgil van Dijk allowed Fernando Llorente to double Napoli’s benefit in damage time and Liverpool had been left to rue their errors.
Ancelotti obtained the higher of Klopp on the similar stage final 12 months, with Lorenzo Insigne scoring a last-gasp winner in Naples, however Liverpool overcame the defeat to win their sixth European trophy.
Just moments after the ultimate whistle on Tuesday night time, Ancelotti and Klopp shared a stunning second and the Italian has revealed what he stated to his rival supervisor who he deems a ‘good friend’.
Asked why he was smiling with Klopp straight after the ultimate whistle, Ancelotti informed Sky Sports Italia: ‘I informed him to not fear, as a result of if he loses right here, he tends to go on and win the Champions League.
‘I reassured him!’
Ancelotti was delighted with how Napoli ‘controlled’ the sport towards the Champions League holders.
‘I want to see a team that believes in itself and its quality,’ he stated.
‘I really liked the way we played when we weren’t in management.’
He added: ‘Llorente helped out. The players were tired and the first goal was from a long ball, which isn’t our traditional method, but it surely’s not an insult to do that typically.
‘This workforce should know learn how to do every little thing.
‘We introduced in essential gamers who enhance the standard degree of the squad and have totally different traits to what we had earlier than.
‘I have to keep them motivated and that’s not simple, particularly when UEFA nonetheless have this rule forcing you to maintain a brief bench and it’s painful sending gamers to the stands.’