Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confessed in an interview with the Daily Mail that being fired by Los Blancos was one of the toughest moments in his career.
“To be sacked is part of your job, but if you ask me about being sacked by Real Madrid I tell you that it was not right,” he said.
“I was really, really unhappy because I had a fantastic relationship with the players. I really enjoyed training this team. They were really serious, really professional. More than Chelsea I was disappointed,” the Italian coach added.
Ancelotti admitted Real was the most difficult job of his career, because of the high pressure: “Madrid was the hardest job. More pressure even than Milan. Was losing to Liverpool in 2005 my worst experience? Try losing 4-0 in the Madrid derby. That season we had a run of 22 wins in succession but it was all forgotten on February 7 when we lost 4-0 to Atletico.”
“If the manager doesn’t win at Madrid he is sacked. Had I not won the Decima I would have been sacked a year earlier but I knew this when I took the job. I could have decided not to sign but Real Madrid is the most important club in the world,” he told Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail.
Ancelotti explained at the Santiago Bernabeu “you are judged on the results.” Yet, he says it is impossible to win every single year: “Certainly not in Spain where you have one of the the best teams in the world in Barcelona. You have a third team, in Atletico, that is also very competitive.”