Sacchi: Ancelotti no yes-man

Arrigo Sacchi has backed Carlo Ancelotti to be a success at Real Madrid and warned Florentino Perez that he is no pushover.

The Italian was confirmed as Madrid Coach last week, after eventually being released from his Paris Saint-Germain contract.

Whilst Ancelotti has a reputation for working well with club Presidents that may want to interfere in team matters, former Madrid sporting director Saccchi has warned Perez that it may not be as easy to influence the tactician as thought.

“Once, before a Champions League game, [Milan President Silvio] Berlusconi said that Inzaghi ought to start, leading Ancelotti to quip at the press conference: ‘Here’s hoping the President has got the selection right and we win’,” reflected Sacchi in conversation with Marca.

“The next day he didn't play Inzaghi and they won. He listens to everyone, but he doesn't give in to pressure.

“I've told him not to forget that winning alone isn't enough in Spain.

“Carlo is a good, intelligent person who knows football and understands that Madrid is the most famous club in the world.

“It's an honour and a source of pride for him, but the same goes for Real Madrid.

“He's a winner as a Coach, but his teams don't just get results – they play football the right way, too.

“When Florentino Perez asked me about him, I told him he shouldn't think twice about signing Carlo.”

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