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Ancelotti and Mourinho exchange blows

Last season, Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho were managers of AC Milan and Inter Milan respectively. Therefore, it was understandable that they wouldn’t always see eye to eye on football related matters. The two Italian clubs are bitter rivals and often in competition for the Serie A title.

When Ancelotti left Italy to take charge of Mourinho’s old club Chelsea though, you might have thought that this would be the end of their rather strained relationship. Well – it appears not.

Being the outspoken individual he is, Mourinho has had his say onAncelotti and revealed to the press that the new Chelsea boss is ‘no friend of mine’. Bizarrely, he also said that the description of Ancelotti as ‘Prince Charles’ is extremely far from the truth.

Clearly, the Inter Milan boss doesn’t think that Ancelotti is all that and if pushed on the issue, he would probably say that the Italian isn’t up to the task of managing a club like Chelsea.

Mourinho is very proud of what he achieved at Stamford Bridge after all and is probably of the opinion that no-one can do as well as he did at the club. He was a very popular figure at Chelsea and is still held in high regard. Can Ancellotti upset the football odds and achieve this popularity though?

Well, the man himself thinks that he can. Speaking at a press conference during pre-season training, Ancelotti said that he is determined to become as popular and successful as Mourinho was.

Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Ray Wilkins and Guus Hiddink have all taken the reigns at Chelsea since Mourinho left, but none of them have had the same impact as ‘The Special One’ and Ancelotti knows it.

The Blues boss went on to say that regardless of how long he stays at Stamford Bridge, he wants everyone to ‘remember’ what he achieved at the club. Overall, it can be concluded that Ancelotti wants to erase the memory of Mourinho and start his own legacy!

This can only be a good thing for Chelsea though. Ancelotti has got a fresh challenge now he has left Italy and his desire is clear for all to see.

As for his relationship with Mourinho, it doesn’t seem to be anything other than a bit of banter. He went on to say that the Inter Milan boss is a ‘great coach’ who achieved wonderful things at Chelsea.

What he wants though is for Chelsea to win their first Premier League title since Mourinho left. If this means overshadowing the Special One’s achievements at Chelsea, then so be it. Ancelotti is his own man and will prove this in the coming months.

Let’s just hope he has plenty to show for it come the end of the season.


By Thomas Rooney





Blue is the colour is an honest insight to the World of Chelsea FC. Not always pretty, sometimes rather cynical, but always realistic.


July 2009
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