Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed in an interview how noticeable it was that the players did not like Jose Mourinho and there was tension around the club when he first arrived.
Ancelotti took over from Mourinho in the summer of 2013 and did in his first season what the Portuguese had failed to do in his three seasons in charge – lead Los Blancos to Champions League success.
Mourinho, who considers himself to be special, fell out with a number of players in his own squad, as well as riling opposition players and managers and the football authorities in Spain. He controversially dropped club captain Iker Casillas in the belief that the keeper was leaking stories to his journalist partner Sara Carbonero.
And in a wide ranging interview with So Foot this week, Ancelotti revealed there was still tension and a bitter taste surrounding the place after Mourinho left to take charge of Chelsea again, where he is yet to win a trophy since returning.
“I already knew that there were problems in the dressing room between Mourinho and some of the players even before I arrived,” Ancelotti said. He added that everything quickly went back to normal though. “But when I took charge of the team everything went back to normal. Everything was calm again,” he added.