Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out coaching the rival clubs of his previous employees.
The 57-year-old is currently in charge of Bayern Munich his eighth different team since entering management in 1995.
Asked whether he could see himself one-day training Atletico Madrid, who he’ll face in this season’s Champions League, and having managed Real Madrid before, the Italian tactician was forthright in his reply.
“No, I would never train Atletico or Barcelona. I respect history and I couldn’t do that, any more than I could train Inter or Lazio in Italy, being a Milanista as I am.
“It’s my history and I have to respect it. I hold Atletico and Barcelona in very high esteem, but I could never work with them after having spent two- and-a-half years with Real Madrid.”
Bayern have started their championship defence with a resounding 6-0 home win over Werder Bremen.
Germany is the fifth different nation Ancelotti has managed win following Italy, England, France and Spain.
He’s won the main domestic title in all but one (Spain) and is hoping to join an exclusive list of coaches that have been successful in four different countries.
That group currently includes Jose Mourinho, Ernst Happel, Giovanni Trapattoni and Tomislav Ivic.
Another historical feat Ancelotti is hoping to accomplish is winning a European Cup with three different clubs.
Already the native of Reggiolo has equalled Bob Paisely by winning three European Cups but the Englishmen achieved all his success with Liverpool.
Ancelotti has to date guided AC Milan (2003 and 2007) as well as Real Madrid (2014) to European football’s grandest prize.
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