Carlo Ancelotti has revealed winning the Champions League with AC Milan in 2003 is his proudest moment as a manager – and not lifting La Decima with Real Madrid.
The Los Blancos boss was asked about his coaching achievements after being inducted into Italy’s Hall of Fame on Monday. Ancelotti has had a hugely successful career as a manager, winning major honours with AC Milan, as well as coaching abroad with Chelsea, PSG and now Real Madrid – where he picked up trophies at each one.
But he told reporters his first Champions League win as a manager remains his favourite. AC Milan beat Juventus on penalties at Old Trafford in 2003 to give Ancelotti his first European Cup as a boss.
“I’ve been very fortunate in my career, both as a player and as a coach. I got to play for Sacchi’s Milan, and I’ve been really blessed as a manager, too,” he said.
He added: “If I had to single out one trophy it would be the Champions League I led Milan to against Juve in Manchester, because it was my first.”
The boss then went on to speak about his experiences in working in different countries, saying each one offers a new challenge.
“Every league is different and so your experiences are different, too. In England it’s very fast-paced and people are shown a lot of respect. The French league is very high-tempo and aggressive. Spain stands out for the love of good football, whereas I’d underline the defensive organisation and tactical know-how in Italy. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences.”