Ancelotti will be judged on Champions League final, says Amavisca

The 1998 Champions League winner has highlighted the importance of European glory for the Santiago Bernabeu side

By Alberto Pinero

Former Real Madrid winger Emilio Amavisca believes Carlo Ancelotti’s future at the club could depend on the result of Saturday evening’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.

Ancelotti guided Madrid to Copa del Rey glory and third place in La Liga this term, but Amavisca has stressed that European club football’s elite competition is what really matters for the Santiago Bernabeu side.

“Ancelotti? It all depends on Saturday’s final. If Madrid beat Atletico, everybody will say it’s been a brilliant season and Ancelotti has done an incredible job,” Amavisca told Goal.

“However, if Madrid don’t win the final, people will say that he failed to get the best out of the team. It all depends on the outcome of the final.

“Real Madrid live for the Champions League. La Liga is the club’s bread and butter, but the Champions League is something special. You must have won the Champions League if you want to be part of Madrid’s history.

“The current squad is a great team, but they have to win Saturday’s game in order to be remembered. They have everything in their own hands.”

Madrid last won the Champions League in 2001-02 when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1.

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