Former Chelsea boss looking to beat Mourinho record

Carlo Ancelotti press conference

In his first season at Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti can still win the treble.

What an incredible feat that would be - and one that another former (and current) Chelsea boss couldn't manage.

Indeed, the most Jose Mourinho ever achieved in one season at Madrid was a league trophy, with his debut campaign at the Bernabeu also seeing him lift the Copa del Rey.

That's nothing to sniff at, of course, especially under the tremendously stressful circumstances at Real. But you always sensed that the Special One wanted more during his time in La Liga.

Ancelotti, on the other hand, has the perfect opportunity to go one - or even two - better in his first season at the club.

After 23 league games, the Spanish league is witnessing an incredible battle for the league title, with Barcelona, Real and Atletico Madrid all locked on 57 points.

In the Champions League, meanwhile, Ancelotti's men face Galatasaray in the last 16 and are still in the running for their 10th European title.

But it is the Copa del Rey which will provide the 54-year-old with his most immediate concern, as Madrid have the opportunity to book their place in the cup final later today. After a 3-0 first-leg win over arch rivals Atletico, Ancelotti's men look set to progress, although the Italian is taking nothing for granted.

"We have a significant advantage but we need to play with the same focus as in the first leg to avoid any problems," he told reporters.

"It will be difficult because they are very strong but we shouldn’t change our philosophy and we have to play with intensity to have possession."

Barring a miracle comeback from Diego Simeone's side, though, Real will progress - and Ancelotti could be looking at the possibility of emulating Mourinho's first season in the Spanish capital.

Yet with former Spurs men Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, along with a host of other talents, firing from all cylinders, the Italian might go even further than the Portuguese boss.

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