Carlo Ancelotti is set to equal Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho’s UEFA Champions League record when Real Madrid hosts his former side Chelsea in their quarter-final second leg encounter at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night.
The Italian tactician had galvanized his side to a 3-1 victory over defending champions at Stamford Bridge last week; courtesy of Karim Benzema’s hattrick. Ancelotti will be hoping to build on that first-leg advantage.
Ancelotti is no stranger to success in the competition with three European titles to his name, while he has managed his sides to seven semi-finals in the past.
However, if he guides Real Madrid to the last four of this year’s UEFA Champions League, the former AC Milan and Paris Saint-German manager will become the third coach in the history of the tournament to make the last four a record eight times.
Only Manchester City boss Guardiola and AS Roma current manager Mourinho have done so beforehand. Ancelotti has been dumped out in the semi-finals of the European most prestigious club competition three times; in 1998-99, 2005-06 and 2014-15.
Real Madrid will meet either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals if they progress past Chelsea; whom Ancelotti also led to the quarter-finals in the 2010-11 season.