Carlo Ancelotti has become the third man, alongside Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, to reach eight Champions League semi-finals after Real Madrid beat Chelsea
The Italian watched Los Blancos knocked out the defending champions in extra time at the Bernabeu. Madrid had won the first leg 3-1 in west London, thanks largely to Karim Benzema’s brilliance, but were 3-0 down in the Spanish capital. Rodrygo’s strike meant the tie went into extra time before Benzema scored the decisive goal.
Real either plays against Atletico Madrid or Manchester City in the last four, with Ancelotti eyeing an unprecedented fourth Champions League triumph. The 62-year-old has reached the semi-finals three times with Madrid in this competition and several times with AC Milan.
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are the only other two men to have made eight semi-finals in European competition. Guardiola could score that nine should City Side see Atletico. Its success has largely come on Barcelona and Bayern Munich while leading City to a first last term en route to the final.
Mourinho, meanwhile, made his debut with Porto in the last four when he guided the Portuguese club to the 2004 Cup. He reached a further three with Chelsea, three with Real and one with Inter Milan in 2010 when the Italians won historic heights.
Ancelotti has won the European Cup more times than Guardiola and Mourinho. They have won two each, while the Italian has won three – along with Zinedine Zidane as the competition’s most successful coach. He celebrated his first success with Milan in 2003 before winning it again four years later.
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He guided Madrid to their long-awaited La Decima triumph in 2014 when they beat city rivals Atletico in Lisbon. He was fired twelve months later, but returned for a second term in the summer. Ancelotti’s moves were praised after Luka Modric’s win. The Croatian said: “The coach has made great changes. You did well.
“Experience is important in this competition and I think it helped us a bit today. For me, they are the most difficult team to play against. They are a strong, physical team. We knew it was going to be tough In the end we showed great character, will and team spirit to manage to turn things around. A loss that is very sweet.”
“We won this duel thanks to energy,” said Ancelotti after the game. “I made the changes I made to gain energy. The team suffered a lot and all the players gave their all. We didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down. We fought after being 2-0 down we have a psychological break-in.” but the magic of the stadium helped us a lot again.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/real-madrid-ancelotti-guardiola-mourinho-26700297 Carlo Ancelotti joins Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola at the exclusive Champions League club