Ancelotti adapting to London life with ease
New Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he is happily adapting to life in London, and that his English is improving every day.
Ancelotti was speaking to the Official Chelsea Magazine and spoke about how the capital compares to Milan, and his decision to stick with his favourite diamond formation.
After having spent eight years at AC Milan, the 50-year-old Italian decided it was time for a change.
“I took the job because form me it’s a great opportunity to have a new challenge,” he explained to Chelsea Magazine.
“Chelsea is like an Italian club!” he continued. “I spoke with Gianluca Vialli before I arrived here and he told me about the atmosphere at the stadium and the supporters. I know these things now because I never came here with Milan.”
He also explained why he believes that many Italian coaches and players choose to stay in their home country for most of their careers.
“Italian people usually like to stay in Italy because they are particular about lifestyle – they like the food and everything done their way, but I think it’s important to experience new things.”
“Anyway you can find all food in London – Italian, Japanese, anything so there’s no problem for me.”
“London is bigger than Milan – it is good for things like the theatre, the musicals and for history. Milan is a city for work, it is commercial. But London is different because it has all this, but it’s also like Rome, with history and tradition.”
Ancelotti’s knowledge of the English language began at an early age, but only recently has he begun to have weekly lessons again.
“I studied it for eight years at school in Italy, but only for one or two hours per week,” he explained.
“Then I started to study again six months ago with a teacher for two hours a week again. Now I am here I speak and listen in English all the time so I am improving every day.”
He also explained his decision to play a diamond formation with the Blues.
“I wanted to change something – I prefer to play with two strikers and one midfielder behind them. I think these players can play in this system, with a diamond in midfield.”
5 things you might not know about Carlo Ancelotti
1. When he announced he was leaving AC Milan, midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was said to have ‘burst into tears’.
2. He won eight major trophies as a player for Milan, including the 1989 and 1990 European cups.
3. His son David signed a contract with Italian Serie D football club Borgomanero last year.
4. He won the Champions League twice as a manager in 2003 and 2007 making him one of only six men to have won the competition as both a player and a coach.
5. He is a keen horse rider and keeps horses in his home town of Reggiolo in Italy.