Carlo Ancelotti Says Losing Madrid Derby Was Worse Than Losing to Liverpool in Istanbul

Carlo Ancelotti Says Losing Madrid Derby Was Worse Than Losing to Liverpool in Istanbul

Carlo Ancelotti has managed some of Europe’s biggest teams and been involved in some of the modern game’s all-time classic encounters.

And you’d think it wouldn’t be hard to identify his sorest defeat when you think about THAT famous night in Istanbul.

But apparently the Italian isn’t as bothered by throwing away a 3-0 lead in the Champions League final as he is by taking a hammering from Ateltico in the Madrid derby.

The Italian left Real Madrid last summer and was replaced by Rafael Benitez just 12 months after leading Los Blancos to their elusive 10th European triumph, but in the season leading up to his sacking, his all-conquering Real team were humbled 4-0 by their bitter rivals, and Ancelotti still can’t get over it.

He told The Daily Mail: “Madrid was the hardest job. More pressure even than Milan.

“Was losing to Liverpool in 2005 my worst experience? Try losing 4-0 in the Madrid derby.”

“If the manager doesn’t win at Madrid he is sacked.

“Had I not won the Decima I would have been sacked a year earlier but I knew this when I took the job.

“I could have decided not to sign but Real Madrid is the most important club in the world.”

That result in February was Madrid’s heaviest defeat since 2010, as the side finished two points behind Barcelona on La Liga table.


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