Carlo Ancelotti says winning the Champions League with AC Milan was the highlight of his coaching career, and not La Decima with Real Madrid.
55-year-old won his third European title as a coach last year as he
guided Madrid to glory in Lisbon, bringing to an end their long wait for
a 10th continental crown.
However, speaking to reporters as he
was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame, Ancelotti said his
triumph with Milan in 2003 - when they edged out Juventus on penalties
at Old Trafford - remains his fondest memory since retiring as a player.
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.
"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 [Champions League as a coach]."
Ancelotti went on to describe the differences in working as a coach in the top leagues across Europe.
league is different and so your experiences are different, too," he
continued. "In England it's very fast-paced and people are shown a lot
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."
was recognised at the ceremony in Florence, along with Diego Maradona,
Fabio Cannavaro, retired referee Stefano Braschi and Juventus director