Ancelotti reveals Mou’s problems at Madrid


Mourinho was reported to have had a number of spats with various players, including Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas, during his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, and current manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted to knowing of such problems when he began his stint at the helm last year.

“Before I arrived I was aware that there were lots of problems in the dressing room – problems between some players and Mourinho,” Ancelotti told So Foot.

“Everything that happened in private would end up in the papers the next day. But when I took charge, everything had returned to calm."

The Italian however said that everything had been cleared before he arrived, and that it was not he that restored peace to the dressing room.

“I didn’t inherit any tensions,” he said.

“Was I responsible for returning peace to the dressing room? No, no. When I arrived there was already a lot of serenity.”

The former PSG, Chelsea and Milan coach said that his team is now a unified and cohesive unit under his mentorship.

“Ever since I arrived, there hasn’t been one fight in the dressing room,” he said.

“I have never had an unmotivated player or any confrontations with players who haven’t played as much as they’d want to.”

Madrid currently sit fourth in the La Liga standings, having won five and lost two of their seven opening encounters.