Carlo Ancelotti says Real Madrid (11/8 – Champions League Outright) are keen to conclude their La Liga campaign on a high as they look ahead to next Saturday’s Champions League final.
Los Blancos have already wrapped up the title and sign off for the domestic season at home to Real Betis at 20:00 (Match Result – Madrid 7/10, Draw 10/3, Betis 10/3).
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have also enjoyed a fine campaign, most notably winning the Copa del Rey, and head into Friday’s game having guaranteed Europa League football for next season.
A first win at the Bernabeu since 2019 would be a nice way to end their 2021-22campaign, but Ancelotti is also aiming for a victory.
The Italian says he has a fully-fit squad to choose from and it will be intriguing to see how he sets his side up with eight days to go until they face Liverpool in Paris (Match Result – Liverpool 21/20, Draw 11/4, Real 5/2).
Ancelotti admits confidence is high within the camp and says his team are keen to put on a show in their final home game of the season.
“There’s a good vibe because we want to sign off in the right way in front of our fans in this last game,” Ancelotti told reports. “It’s been a really special season and we’ve performed well and our fans have helped us out.
“You have to perform well from start to finish of the LaLiga season and our objective is clear: to make sure we’re on good form in front of our fans and then go on and win the final.”
There is another La Liga game on Friday at 20:00, as Rayo Vallecano host already-relegated Levante (Match Result – Rayo 19/20, Draw 11/4, Levante 13/5).
Rayo have enjoyed an impressive first season back in the top flight, currently sitting 12th, and have been especially bright at the Vallecas, where they have won eight times.
Levante have won two of their last three games, but their efforts came too late for them to avoid the drop.
There is also Italian action on Friday and another team looking forward to a European final are Roma, who face Feyenoord in Wednesday’s Europa Conference League showpiece (Outright – Roma 8/15, Feyenoord 6/4).
They warm up at Torino in their final league game of the season at 19:45 (Match Result – Torino 12/5, Draw 13/5, Roma 11/10).
A look at the Serie A table shows the Giallorossi can still finish anywhere between fifth and eighth and take on an Il Toro side who have got their act together in the second half of the season, losing just one of their last eight.
Despite having little to play for, Il Toro boss Ivan Juric has promised his side will push Roma all the way.
“I would like a great Toro until the last game,” he told reporters. “It would be a great shame not to have a good match until the end. We have some problems, but I want the best.”