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Ancelotti achieves huge milestone

Ancelotti achieves major milestone following Real Madrid's La Liga triumph

May 2, 2022 By Michelle Bonsu
The Italian tactician has now achieved something that no other manager in European football has done following Real Madrid's title win over the weekend.

On Saturday, Real Madrid cruised to a 4-0 win over Espanyol to clinch the La Liga title. That makes it 35 league crowns for Los Blancos, and it certainly was a huge day for Carlo Ancelotti.

Now in his second spell with the club, the Italian tactician is hoping to successfully add another Champions League trophy to his already glittering cabinet, having won it during the 2013/14 season. Interestingly, during his first spell, the 62-year-old former midfielder wasn't able to win the league crown, making this win that much more significant.

Why? Because, in doing so, Ancelotti now becomes the first manager to have won a league title in each of Europe's "Big Five" leagues. 

During the 2003/04 season, Ancelotti took over at AC Milan, the same club where he won two Champions League (then called the European Cup) titles in 1989 and 1990.

Under his stewardship, the Rossoneri not only won two Champions League titles, but also won their first Scudetto since the 1998/99 campaign.

The first of many: Ancelotti celebrates his first league title as a manager at the club where he won numerous titles as a player, including two Scudetti and two European Cup/Champions League titles

Ancelotti's next success was at Chelsea, where, in his first season, he not only became the first Italian manager to win the Premier League, but successfully steered the Blues to their first domestic double by also winning the FA Cup in 2010.

Ancelotti's second league triumph was with Chelsea during the 2009/10 campaign

Shortly after, he then moved on to PSG, where he added a Ligue 1 title to his CV by guiding Les Parisiens to the top of the table with two matches to spare. Although they failed to win any other trophy during that season, the Italian tactician now had three league titles from three top leagues under his belt.

Ancelotti celebrates his Ligue 1 triumph with PSG shortly before moving on to Real Madrid in 2013

After a couple of seasons at Real Madrid from 2013 to 2015, Ancelotti was recruited by Bayern Munich, who, despite their domestic dominance, had failed to make much of an impact on the European stage since winning the Champions League in 2013.

His stay in Bayern ended in his being sacked on September 28, 2017, but before then, he nonetheless ensured that die Roten continued their undisputed reign as champions of Germany at the end of the 2016/17 season, making it four domestic titles in four out of Europe's major leagues.

Ancelotti celebrating success in Germany with Bayern during the 2016/17 season

That only left Real Madrid, where he'd been on the tactician's bench between 2013 and 2015, but wasn't able to win the title. That is, until now.

Ancelotti celebrates his historic achievement following Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Espanyol last weekend

And now, with Los Blancos' triumph over the weekend, Ancelotti has now won a league title in all of Europe's "Big Five" leagues. Next up for his team is the Champions League, where they face a tough test against Manchester City, followed by Liverpool as they aim to wrap up a very successful season on a high note.



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