Just two Chelsea players join £30m flop in Ancelotti's dream XI - Who?

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti selected two Chelsea players in the best of all he has ever had the fortune to manage.

Carlo Ancelotti has managed some of the world's very best players, and is now working with Ballon d'Or candidate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Prior to Real Madrid, his career took on AC Milan, Juventus, Chelsea and PSG, winning league titles with each club.

His privilege of working with the very best makes it nigh on impossible to pick the very best combined XI of all his players, but that is exactly what he had a go at in an interview with The Times.

Deliberately asking not to take current players at Real Madrid into account, possibly to spare their feelings or simply to make his life easier, the results make for quite a superb team - and just two Chelsea players made the cut.

Who were they? Put it this way, £50 million flop Fernando Torres who helped ensure he got the sack, did not make the cut.

Here's the team:

Buffon; Cafu, Thiago Silva, Terry, Maldini; Lampard, Pirlo, Zidane; Shevchenko, Ibrahimovic, Kaka.

Shevchenko, signed for £30 million by Chelsea, flopped at Stamford Bridge ahead of Ancelotti's arrival, which makes his failure frustrating for it was the Italian who coached him at his peak - selected here ahead of Didier Drogba.

If John Terry and Frank Lampard needed a compliment, this is it. 

Look at the players Ancelotti could have chosen ahead of Terry: Costacurta, Nesta, Cannavaro, Thuram and Stam.

And the players he could have selected ahead of Lampard: Let's focus on Milan duo Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso.

Controversial? A little... 

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