Lost a bit amidst the furore about another former Chelsea manager’s fate — Claudio Ranieri getting sacked at relegation-threatened Leicester nine months after winning the title — was the milestone achieved by another Italian head coach with Chelsea on his CV.
On Saturday, as Bayern Munich hosted Hamburg, Carlo Ancelotti celebrated 1000 games as a football manager. The last time we took note of a 1000-game anniversary, it didn’t end so well for the supposed protagonist, but Carlo’s Bayern had little difficulty in dispatching the hapless visitors. In true Ancelotti style, Bayern poured it on and stomped poor HSV to the tune of 8-0.
At half-time, Carlo’s milestone was celebrated with a giant pretzel. Hopefully he got some beer to go along with it at some point, too.
A slightly more personal message was delivered by Chelsea captain John Terry, who called it an “unbelievable achievement” and wished his “mate” good luck in the future.
Ancelotti’s time at Chelsea ended in somewhat reprehensible circumstances, which in fact make Ranieri’s sacking at Leicester look rather reasonable and tame. But credit to the man and his eyebrows, he’s never had a single bad thing to say about Chelsea, and he even put in a good word for the club when Antonio Conte, his former player and someone for whom he’d “put his hand in the fire”, came asking for advice last year. They don’t make many like Carlo Ancelotti, who remains one of the most successful managers of all time.
Congrats, Uncle Carlo!