Former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed the demand that he made of former Rossoneri owner Silvio Berlusconi when he joined the club in order to clinch Champions League glory.
In quotes that have been pulled from DAZN’s new documentary about AC Milan’s Champions League exploits between 2003 and 2007 (via Pianeta Milano), Ancelotti revealed some fascinating details of his move from Parma to Milan and the player that he wanted.
The now Real Madrid coach joined Milan in 2001 and he made it clear to Berlusconi that with Alessandro Nesta in his team, he could win the Champions League. Nesta was at Lazio at the time.
“I didn’t make a good impression on Parma, because I had given my word, but the call of Milan was too strong. I called Berlusconi to convince him and told him ‘buy me Nesta and we’ll win the Champions League'”.
He then talked about the 2003 final against Juventus and he explained his personal aims to show Juventus what they were missing after letting him go.
“We weren’t the favourites, we were more relaxed, also the fact that we had overcome the pressure of the semi-final shifted all the pressure to Juve’s side.
“Juve were the team that had got rid of me two years before and I thought I had been wronged to be sent away by Juve.”
He then won the tournament again with Milan in 2007 and he stressed that he knew Filippo Inzaghi could create something for his team.
“In this type of match it’s not just the physical aspect that counts… I knew that Pippo could invent something.”