News from Spain: Carlo Ancelotti reacts to becoming the first man to win titles in all five major European leagues –

Carlo Ancelotti is enjoying a renaissance.

The Italian coach thought his days amongst the elite of the elite were over. His two most recent jobs before he returned to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer were with Napoli and Everton.

Both are historic football clubs but neither compete at the sharp end of the European game. Many viewed his appointment by Real Madrid this past close-season to be a place-holder, a safe hand designed to usher Los Blancos into a new era.

But hes been a whole lot more than that.

Ancelotti has built a team that plays a simple, uncomplicated system with devastating skill. Hes fostered an atmosphere thats gotten the best out of a talented group and enjoyed success both at home and in Europe.

Ancelottis Madrid won La Liga with four games to spare and will face Liverpool in the final of the Champions League on May 28th.

By winning La Liga, Ancelotti became the first man to win all five of Europes major leagues Italy, England, France, Germany and Spain. Its a remarkable thing to add to you CV.

Its a great achievement, Ancelotti told SiriusXM FCs The Football Show. Im really happy because to have achieved this means that Ive had a long career. But I still have a lot of passion for this sport and Id like to continue for a long time.

I didnt have a lot of doubts [about Madrids chances this season]. Most of the players were with me the first time I was here and there were new youngsters who were really talented.

But I did have some doubt in the Champions League.

Competing with the English teams and the most important teams in Europe, I didnt know how that would be. But in the end I was sure that wed be competitive in all competitions.

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