Ancelotti plays down Mourinho rift

Published Add your comment

Football News

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti is determined to avoid another war of words with Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League clash early next year.

The two coaches had a frosty relationship last season while Ancelotti was still in charge of AC Milan, but Ancelotti is determined not to rekindle the antagonism between the pair in the build-up to their last-16 encounter.

"I think that Chelsea and Inter are two of the most important teams in Europe and it's a football game - nothing else," insisted Ancelotti. "He's a fantastic coach. He won in Portugal, he won in England, he won in Italy. This means he is a fantastic coach. I want to speak about him like a coach, nothing else."

He added: "I'm not able to discuss his character. That's not a problem for me. Now I'm the coach of Chelsea and he's at Inter."

The Italian even played down the fact he has won the Champions League twice as both a player and a coach, while Mourinho has just one success to his name during his time at Porto.

"This is the past," insisted Ancelotti. "That's not interesting. It does not count, the past.

"I never thought that a football game is a match between coaches. I've never thought that. I want to do the best, to watch the other team and to find a weakness and work on this. But not against a fellow coach."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

European News
Premier League
UEFA Champions League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again