Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti thinks the club has made the decision by sticking with Jose Mourinho despite the club suffering its worst start to a season for a generation.
Ancelotti won the Premiership in his first season with Chelsea and added the FA Cup days later to give the club its first ‘Double’. He was sacked after a disappointing second season in which Chelsea won nothing. He has since won the Ligue 1 title in France with PSG and the Champions League with Real Madrid, where he replaced Mourinho after the Portuguese returned to Chelsea.
Since being sacked by Real Madrid last summer Ancelotti has been on a break from football; the Italian has been linked with several clubs, including the Blues with some thinking he could replace Mourinho should the club decide to sack their most successful ever coach. ChelseaNews24 recently reported that Manchester City had made Ancelotti their number one choice to replace Manuel Pellegrini, having given up on trying to persuade Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola to take over at the Etihad.
Ancelotti, however, refutes all notions that he will replace Mourinho for a second time in a few years, saying that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have done the right thing in keeping faith with the two time Champions League winner during this difficult period as there are signs that Chelsea’s luck is about to change and Mourinho is the best man to see it through.
Speaking to the BBC, the Italian said this:
“To have success you have to be at 100%. If you are at 90% in football now is not enough. You need 100% if you want to compete at the top level like Chelsea are used to doing.
“They have lost confidence in their play but I think now slowly they can move on from this situation and I think Mourinho is the best manager to manage this because he is involved and knows the situation of the players. I think the club took the right decision to keep Mourinho.”
On the possibility of returning to Stamford Bridge even in the short term, he continued:
“No, no. I try to find a club for next season but for now my idea is to start then and not now.
He did, however, admit that the Premiership is his preferred option when he next steps back into football:
“The Premiership is my number one choice. In football anything can happen and I had a fantastic experience but the most important thing is to find a club with a good project and that is competitive, but if it is in England then it is better.”