Ancelotti admits to ‘personal problems’ with Gattuso ahead of Real Madrid’s Super Cup clash with Valencia

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted to “personal problems” with Valencia manager Gennaro Gattuso ahead of their Supercopa de Espana tie.

WHAT HAPPENED? Madrid will welcome Valencia to Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the semi-final on Wednesday, bringing together two managers who enjoyed a fruitful time together at AC Milan, winning two Champions League trophies and a Serie A title among a host of other honours. However, Ancelotti has admitted that he and Gattuso haven’t always seen eye to eye ahead of the clash, with their paths also crossing during separate stints in charge of Napoli.

WHAT THEY SAID: “We had some very nice moments. We have had personal problems that I don’t want to talk about,” Ancelotti told reporters. “From the AC Milan team I coached there have been many coaches, each with his own style and knowledge. Gattuso, [Filippo] Inzaghi, [Alessandro] Nesta…”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Madrid face Valencia on the back of dropped points against Villarreal in the league after a 2-1 defeat on Saturday, which saw Los Blancos fall three points behind Barcelona after their 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid the following day. For his part, Gattuso has played down any hostilities with Ancelotti, highlighting instead the respect he has for his fellow countryman.