Carlo Ancelotti has said there is no negativity from his players whenever the name Jose Mourinho is brought up and that the Portuguese’s era at the club was quickly forgotten.
The now Chelsea manager left under a cloud having fallen out with many of his own players in his final season in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu. In his three years in charge he did win the Copa del Rey and La Liga, but his is most remembered for picking fights with referees, opposition players and managers, and members of his own squad.
When asked about Mourinho – who has been linked with a return to Madrid by his agent Jorge Mendes – Ancelotti said there’s no negativity from his players.
“I don’t know Mourinho’s methods particularly well. He works in the same way that I do. We work a lot with the ball,” Ancelotti told reporters.
“When I came here I didn’t hear a bad word about him. I don’t what happened with the players when he was here. When I arrived, another cycle began and the other one is forgotten.”
Ancelotti asked spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo, saying he is in top condition despite not scoring for his last two games – a drought by his standards.
“I have not seen any deterioration in him. It’s true he hasn’t scored in a couple of games recently but his physical and mental condition is always maximum.”