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Ancelotti recalls 'fantastic' first stint in the Premier League

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti looks back on his first experience as a manager in the Premier League. The Italian joined Chelsea fro...












Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti looks back on his first experience as a manager in the Premier League.

The Italian joined Chelsea from AC Milan in the summer of 2009 and led the blues to a league and FA Cup double in 2009-10.

The former Real Madrid boss has fond memories of his time at Stamford Bridge.

“The first year was really fantastic,” he told Sky Sports.

“The club had the goal for the Champions League, but the fact that in the first year we won the Premier League and the FA Cup was really important and really exciting.

“The second year was more difficult, I think, because we had some problems. We had [Didier] Drogba with malaria and these kinds of problems. We started really well, and we finished really well but the middle of the season was not so good.

“Drogba was fantastic. In the first year, he scored 36 goals but to mention Drogba means to forget [Nicolas] Anelka, for example, [Florent] Malouda, Joe Cole, [Salomon] Kalou, Michael Ballack in the middle, [Michael] Essien, Deco and at the back, Alex, [Branislav] Ivanovic, Ashley Cole so the team really, really was a fantastic team.

“When I arrived, the team was there, I didn't build the team, so I was really excited to train these kinds of players with this kind of power. Imagine when you needed to prepare set pieces, you had John Terry, Alex, Drogba, Ballack to jump so it was not so difficult to score on set pieces.

“I'm not surprised [to see Lampard as a manager] because as a player, Frank had fantastic tactical qualities. I'm waiting now for Terry as a manager, now he's an assistant, but I think they both have the qualities to be a good manager. Of course, Frank is doing really well at Chelsea now.”

Ancelotti left Chelsea in 2011 but went on to manage PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli and now Everton (his second stint in English football)


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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