Chelsea stars named in Ancelotti's Dream XI

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti coached some of the best footballers of the last generation, while the current bunch of players he manages at the Bernabeu aren't bad either.

Therefore when the 54-year-old was asked to select the best 11 players he has coached during his glittering managerial career, in formation, you could forgive the Italian for making his job slightly easier by refusing to select any of the players he currently manages at Real Madrid.

So, for those wondering why Cristiano Ronaldo isn't there, that's the reason.

“I’ve tried to do this a lot of times, but it’s impossible!" Ancelotti told The Times. "Just look at the goalkeepers. Apart from Casillas there’s Cech, Van Der Sar and Dida. I pick Buffon, but only because he was my first goalkeeper at Parma.

“At left back we can put Maldini, and Cafu at right back. Then we have Costacurta, Nesta, Cannavaro, Thuram and Stam. But I’m going to put Terry and Thiago Silva.

“My first midfielder is Pirlo. Then it’s really difficult. We can put Zidane on the left, and then Frankie Lampard.

“And what about the strikers? Definitely Ibrahimovic. There’s also Ronaldinho. But I go for Kaka and Sheva.”

The likes of Petr Cech, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba only make the bench, but just take a look at this team in all its glory.

Ancelotti's dream team:

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon

Right-back: Cafu

Centre-back: John Terry

Centre-back: Thiago Silva

Left-back: Paolo Maldini

Central-midfielder: Andrea Pirlo

Central-midfielder: Frank Lampard

Central-midfielder: Zinedine Zidane

Right-wing: Andriy Shevchenko

Left-wing: Kaka

Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Substitutes: Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Didier Drogba and Filippo Inzaghi.

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