Carlo Ancelotti is set to equal Sir Alex Ferguson’s Champions League winning record when Real Madrid welcome RB Leipzig to Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
The 63-year-old Italian set apart from the rest colleague last season after becoming the most successful coach in the history of the European most prestigious club competition, having now lifted the trophy on four occasions, two with Serie A side AC Milan and two with the La Liga holders.
Ancelotti has 99 victories currently under his belt in a tournament and Wednesday night in the Spanish capital will see him win his 100th Champions League match and target to overthrow Sir Alex Ferguson (102) in the history of the European Cup.
The Premier League winning manager will also become just the second coach after to reach winning 100 successes.
Ancelotti will now be looking to oversee a challenge for a 15th Champions League for Real Madrid, who opened their 2022-23 campaign with a 3-0 success over Celtic last week.
He has managed the likes of Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Napoli during a hugely successful career.
Ancelotti won the Copa del Rey, Champions League, Super Cup, and Club World Cup during his first tenure as Real Madrid’s manager, which lasted from 2013 to 2015.
After a stint at Everton, the seasoned manager subsequently returned to Bernabeu last year, where he enjoyed a tremendously successful 2021–22 season, leading the team to victories in La Liga, the Champions League, and the Spanish Super Cup.
Real Madrid currently sits atop the table after winning the UEFA Super Cup earlier this year and triumphing in each of their seven games across all competitions, including five victories in La Liga.
After his second stint as Los Blancos’ manager, which is set to finish in June 2024, the Italian recently announced that he would retire from football management.