Ancelotti calls Real Madrid “most complete” team he has coached
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti claims his current Real Madrid side is a more “complete team” than he has coached any team before. The Italian coach, who led AC Milan to two Champions League titles, believes Real Madrid are probably the most well-balanced team in the world.
Ancelotti led AC Milan to two Champions League titles in 2003 and 2007 in the eight years he spent with the San Siro based club. During his time at the Rossoneri, Ancelotti was widely believed to have the most revered team in Europe. However, Ancelotti believes his squad at Real Madrid is much more powerful than what he had at AC Milan.
“Real is the most complete team I have coached,” Ancelotti said in an interview to the Italian radio station Radio Anch’io Sport. “Besides great champions like Cristiano Ronaldo, I have so many young promising players as well as experienced ones. I want to highlight the fact that this season not only [Gareth] Bale arrived, but also five players from the youth team.”
Ancelotti will now have a point to prove as his team prepares to meet last year’s Champions League finalist Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament on Wednesday. Despite recent setbacks, Real Madrid are still on course for a treble this season. Ancelotti’s side is third in La Liga, are in the Copa dely Rey final with Barcelona and favorites for the Champions League title.
The former Paris Saint-Germain manager insists his side’s main target this season is to go for the Champions League title and end Real Madrid’s La Decima curse. Real Madrid have been stuck on nine European titles for a very long time. Under Ancelotti if feels like they might finally lift the trophy this season.
“Real Madrid's dream right now is to win the Champions League,” Ancelotti said. “However, we are not giving up on the title race, even if we are third.”
Real Madrid were on top of the La Liga table only a couple of weeks ago, but a draw to Atletico Madrid and consecutive defeat to Barcelona and Sevilla have seen Los Blancos lose precious points and fall down the pecking order to third place.
Nonetheless, Real Madrid are still only three points away from top, where Atletico Madrid enjoys a one-point lead over second-placed Barcelona. With a 5-0 romp of Rayo Vallecano, Ancelotti insists his side is back on track for the La Liga title.