Opinion: Has your initial opinion of Ancelotti changed?.

I was reading that Florent Malouda has paid tribute and thanked Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti for his guidance at the club. He said: &q...

Carlo Ancelotti Manager Chelsea 2010/11 Chelsea V Marseille 28/09/10 UEFA Champions League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

I was reading that Florent Malouda has paid tribute and thanked Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti for his guidance at the club. He said:
"Ancelotti has allowed me to reach a new level. He gave me responsibility and I believe he has appreciated me. I had some frank talks with him and that's how a special relationship was born.

Last year we experienced a difficult week after our Champions League elimination to Inter Milan. We lost to Manchester City and Manchester United were ahead of us so everything could have changed.

We needed a boss, a leader, and that is exactly what he was. People talk about Jose Mourinho but it is the very first time Chelsea have won the Double. Ancelotti entered history.

I believe I am in the best form of my whole life at the moment and at the right club".

This interview got me thinking. Now if you are a follower of my blog and especially through last season you will know I wasn't exactly Carlo's biggest fan. It came to a point where I had to write an apology (that said it all and included the references of my previous opinions), I am sure there are some of you Chelsea fans that maybe once or twice felt the same as me back then.

One thing is for sure, I have grown to love and admire Carlo as time has gone on at the club. The way he conducts himself, the way he speaks and especially the way he has celebrated winning the double.

There is no question he is getting the best out of the players right now and long may it continue.

I was just wondering how many of your own opinions changed since Carlo has been at the club. How did you feel when he joined, half way through last season, to the double success and our start to this season?



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  1. I totally agree that I was one of those with strong reservations on Ancelotti taking over Chelsea after such a torrid time with Scolari. To me, he lacked the nerve that we had seen in Gus Hindik. His then recent troubles at AC Milan and the infamous Instanbul showdown with Liverpool were some of the indicators of a mangaer going down his career. At that time, i thought, he was the last man Chelsea needed in the Dugout. And after a nervy start of the season and a loss to Wigan, I publicy protested on my facebook page calling for his neck. This came back to haunt me after we won a double. And now he has taken Chelsea to a totally different level. Mourinho brought success but not the kind of football we are witnessing nowadays. And who doesn't want both? The lads seem to be having fun on the pitch and enjoying themselves in the process--I think Anelka or Drogba said it. And no more nail-biting momements for the fans with those 1-0 wins. The other thing perhaps that we need to appreciate about Ancelotti is that he lets team football do the talking. Indoing so, he has strengthened the Chelsea Brand unlike under Mourinho where the Mourinho Brand flourished instead. Kudos to Ancelotti



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