Carlo Ancelotti says Real Madrid have some disadvantages compared to Frankfurt as the two sides step up preparations for next week’s European Super Cup.
The Italian believes the German side are further ahead in terms of their fitness, but added his side will fight as they look to win another trophy.
“We have a few more disadvantages than Eintracht, who start their season earlier, but we’ll play to win,” Ancelotti told UEFA.
“We look forward and not back. Last year’s victories reinforce what we believe, but we need to focus on the upcoming matches.
“During this coming season, there are six titles at stake, and we want to fight for all of them.”
Frankfurt‘s Europa League win last season included a victory over Barcelona at the Camp Nou, and Ancelotti expects them to play a similar style.
“Last year, Eintracht achieved something special because they weren’t among the favourites,” he added.
“They played great games, winning against Barcelona at Camp Nou by playing a counterattacking style of football, with huge attention to defence and high-speed transitions.”
However, Real Madrid were impressive in their own right, pulling off several impressive comebacks en route to their Champions League triumph.
“It’s a very fresh memory and there was also a very special chemistry with the supporters and the stadium,” said Ancelotti.
“All the comebacks we made were achieved in our stadium, thanks to that boost which came from the stands.
“Always believe, never give up. After all, we played against very strong teams. It was inevitable that we would suffer.
“We’re ready. The team is looking in great shape already.
“The joy and satisfaction you get after such wins [in the Champions League final] tends to stick around, making you feel like no one should ever take your place.
“And that’s a pretty strong motivation to keep winning.”
Real Madrid have added to their side in the form of Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni, though Ancelotti pointed out several key members have also departed.
“I believe we’ve got two players who are among the best in the world in their role,” said Ancelotti.
“First of all, their quality increases the team’s physical and technical ability.
“Then there is [the need to] adapt to the group and the group adapting to them a bit.
“We must not forget that the three who left, Marcelo, Isco and Bale, have made history for this club in recent years, so the whole of Real Madrid is grateful to those players.
“We hope the newcomers can repeat the exploits of those who have left.”