Carlo Ancelotti has been CONFIRMED as the new manager of Chelsea! And I think that's fantastic news! We are getting a talented and motivated coach who has experience of working at the highest level - having won two Champions League titles as a player and a further two as manager - which should set us up to finally, win the Champions League next season!
Ancelotti was the only real candidate for the role. Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten have both done reasonably well with the Dutch national side, but neither has convinced enough to be regarded as one of the best in Europe. Jose has just signed a brand new contract at Inter, and Hiddink refused to drop back from his Russian responsibilities. Ancelotti, alongside fellow Italian Marcello Lippi, is perhaps one of the most astute and gifted coaches around, and the only one who was readily available and open to a fresh challenge.
The press had speculated on Ancelotti for some time, whilst his recently published auto-biography confirmed that he had held talks with Roman. Apparently at one of the two meetings with our favourite Russian he talked football, and insisted he knew which two players Chelsea needed to sign in order to become a force in world football once more. You would guess that it's two attackers.
What does Ancelotti bring to Chelsea? He has bags of experience, a winning mentality, and is good tactically. He knows how to get the best out of players (and will bring across the 'Milanello' training camp expertise to help our players have longer careers), and knows how to win. As an Italian, he knows how to defend (his Milan side have never been accused of not knowing what to do at the back), whilst at AC he created numerous great attacking teams, with Shevchenko, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Inzaghi flourishing in his passing football scheme.
Perhaps of greater interest to Chelsea fans is who he could now attract to the club. With Scolari we got an influx of Portuguese and Brazilian players, and with Carlo it could be that we get more Italians - certainly Luca Toni (Bayern) would be interested and useful, whilst young Italian wonderkids such as Acquafresca and Giovinco suddenly become more plausible.
Obviously the one that we all want is Kaka - he snubbed City because the project wasn't really moving yet, but if he joined Chelsea he would arguably become the biggest and best player at the world's richest club. A few more signings around his level will turn Chelsea into world beaters, as Kaka well knows.
Last year we were looking to Robinho for a creative spark, but Kenyon failed to carry it off. Now it’s time to sit round the table with Berlusconi, and hammer out a deal to take Kaka to Stamford Bridge at all costs (not easy given that Real Madrid will also be interested now Perez is in charge). Ancelotti may just give us the edge in talks, given that he signed Kaka from Brazil, gave him his big chance in the first-team, and has nurtured him into one of the world's best players.
Carlo should be a great signing!