Carlo Ancelotti has said that he is determined to lead Real Madrid to Champions League success this season.
Los Blancos last won Europe’s premier club competition back in 2002 and have failed to progress beyond the semi-finals for the past three seasons.
Real identify themselves with the Champions League and consider it almost their right to win the competition every year, which is why fans of the nine-time European champions are frustrated that they have consistently failed to deliver on club football’s biggest stage for over 10 years.
Madrid coach Ancelotti knows all about it, having won the European Cup twice as a player with AC Milan in 1989 and 1990 and then leading the Rossoneri to the trophy as manager in 2003 and 2007.
Jose Mourinho was brought in the summer of 2010 to steer Los Blancos to continental success, but he failed, and now Ancelotti has been entrusted with what is arguably the most difficult managerial job in club football.
However, the 54-year-old is embracing the challenge and is ready to realise the “dream” of the fans in 2013-14.
"Real Madrid's dream right now is to win the Champions League,” he told Italian radio station Radio Anch'io Sport. "However, we are not giving up on the (La Liga) title race, even though we are third."
Madrid will fancy their chances of qualifying to the last four of the competition this campaign as they have been drawn against a depleted Borussia Dortmund side in the quarter-finals.
Jurgen Klopp’s team made it all the way to the final last season, defeating Real in the semis, but the German club are a shadow of their former selves now.
On the other hand, Madrid have strengthened their team with the likes of Isco, Gareth Bale, Asier Illarramendi and Daniel Carvajal, leading Ancelotti to claim that this is the “most complete team” he has ever manager.
"Real is the most complete team I have coached,” he said. "Besides great champions like Cristiano Ronaldo, I have so many young promising players as well as experienced ones. I want to highlight the fact that this season not only Bale arrived, but also five players from the youth team."
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