Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has questioned Jose Mourinho's role at Chelsea, reports AS.
Ancelotti, who managed the Stamford Bridge outfit between 2009 and 2011, has subtly taken a dig at the Blues boss, insisting that Chelsea are very much under the guidance of owner Roman Abramovich.
The Real Madrid boss has, however, insisted that the Chelsea squad have improved and will be a danger to his side as they go in search of claiming back-to-back European titles.
When asked about the threat of Bayern Munich in this year's Champions League competition, Ancelotti told AS:
More or less. Their style hasn’t altered. Mourinho’s Chelsea have an improved squad. Well I should say, Abramovich’s Chelsea."
Mourinho, then, may not take too kindly to the comments from Ancelotti, but he will be focussed on his own side's challenges throughout the course of the season. Without a doubt, along with the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Chelsea are one of the main contenders for Europe's top prize.
Last season, the Blues were dumped out of the competition at the semi-final stages at the hands of Atletico Madrid, who were ultimately beaten by Ancelotti and Co. in the final.
However, with the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas now plying their trade at the Bridge, Mourinho's side look stronger than ever. In fact, the Blues are still unbeaten this season and are excelling on both the domestic and European scenes.
Mourinho's immediate attention, then, will turn to this weekend's Premier League round of fixtures, as his table toppers play host to West Brom. After the clash with the Baggies, the Blues will travel to Germany as they look to secure their place in the Round of 16 of the competition.
In fact, if the Blues beat Schalke on Tuesday evening, then they will end top of the group heading into the knockout stages of the competition.
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