Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has lavished praise on former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian was relieved from his post on Monday after the club’s failure to win either La Liga or the Champions League this season. Just 12 months ago, the scenes in the Spanish capita were joyous as Real ended their 12-year wait for the Champions League – their 10th one.
Ancelotti also enjoyed other notable successes in his two years at the club, including lifting the Copa del Rey, the European Super Cup and World Club Cup.
Speaking to the press ahead of La Roja’s upcoming fixtures, del Bosque, a former Real manager himself, said Ancelotti had done great things for Spanish football.
“Both personally and professionally, Ancelotti was a man who left his mark on Spanish football. “I can’t comment on his dismissal, it’s a matter for the club who made the decision. I’m the least appropriate person to [comment],” he said.
With Madrid-born Rafa Benitez set to be announced as Ancelotti’s successor, del Bosque was also asked to comment the situation.
“It’s not my decision to say whether Rafa Benitez is the right man to coach Real Madrid, but he’s one of the best,” del Bosque said.