The former Paris Saint-Germain manaager is on the verge of making history and becoming the first ever coach to win the competition three times
The 54-year-old currently has to settle for second place in the all-time top ranking behind Sir Alex Ferguson - with both trainers reaching the final four times - but victory over Atletico will see Ancelotti leapfrog the former Manchester United manager.
Ferguson emerged victorious in two of the four finals he reached - in 1999 and 2008 - while Ancelotti will make it three out of four with a win at the weekend.
|CHAMPIONS LEAGUE'S ALL-TIME TOP COACHES
|Sir Alex Ferguson||2||4||6||12|
|Vicente del Bosque||2||2||4||4|
|Louis van Gaal||1||3||5||6|
In the above table, Goal has ranked the top coaches from the Champions League era (beginning in 1992-93) in an Olympics-style system. Bosses are assessed initially based on the number of tournament wins, followed by final appearances, then semi-final outings, and lastly quarter-final spots.
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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had set their sights on a third Champions League title as well at the start of the season, but both were eliminated in the semi-finals this term and will thus have to wait for their third European title for at least one more year.
The top 10 consists of three Italians, two Spaniards, two Germans, a Scot, Dutchman and Portuguese. Rafa Benitez just misses out on a place on the list with one trophy and two finals. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also fails to make the cut with just one unsuccessful final appearance and two semi final outings during his career.
Only Liverpool icon Bob Paisely has lifted Europe's top prize three times, but that was before the Champions League era.