Maurizio Sarri is likely to be back in Italy after remaining at Chelsea for about a year. Antonio Conte has already taken up the position at Inter Milan. The arrival of these two coaches, along with the presence of Gian Piero Gasperini and Gennaro Gattuso, will make the Serie A a very interesting place for all the football fans. With the Sportingbet promotional code, you will also be well prepared for all the exciting football matches of the Serie A.
1- Champions League victory
Carlo Ancelotti served at some of the best clubs of Europe, but at Milan, he stayed the longest, and also enjoyed the most successes. Initially, the Italian manager suffered criticisms for his defensive approach, but no-one doubted his genius when he delivered Champions League glory to the club.
He built a team that could boast of players like Andrea Pirlo, Paolo Maldini, Andriy Shevchenko, and Clarence Seedorf. These players delivered him the Champions League in 2003 at Old Trafford when they beat Juventus on penalties.
In the first half, Andriy Shevchenko put the ball inside the net only to get his goal ruled out. While in the second half, both teams sat back and created very little chances. Even in the extra time, the scoreline didn’t move and both teams were forced to play the penalty shoot-out. Dida gave an impressive performance by saving penalties from Trezeguet, Zalayeta, and Montero. Shevchenko scored the final penalty goal to win the European Cup for his team.
2- Revenge on Liverpool
The 2005 Champions League final left some deep scars on Milan. They had lost that match after going 3-0 ahead in the first half. However, Carlo Ancelotti took the revenge in Athens when both teams met each other in the 2007 Champions League final.
This was the time when their team consisted of players like Kaka, Inzaghi, Pirlo, and Maldini. Milan drew first blood in injury time of first-half when Inzaghi scored a freak goal. Liverpool could have equalized in the second half if Steven Gerrard hadn’t missed a glorious chance. Then 8 minutes from time, Inzaghi doubled the advantage for Milan. Though Dirk Kuyt pulled a goal back in the 89th minute, it could serve no more than a consolation for Liverpool. This way, Carlo Ancelotti registered the second Champions League trophy for Milan.
3- Scudetto in 2004
AC Milan had won the Champions League glory, but they were still not very successful on the domestic front. It had been five years since the Italian side had won the Serie A. However, Carlo Ancelotti changed that in the year 2004.
Ancelotti had been mercilessly sacked in 2001 by Juventus to bring Marcello Lippi who had delivered them back to back titles. Therefore, the Italian manager was doubly motivated to end the dominance of Juventus. He had already defeated them in the Champions League final, but to do it on the domestic front was something else.
Ancelotti won the 2004 Scudetto by finishing 11 points ahead of Roma and 13 above Juventus. That season, Shevchenko proved himself very instrumental by scoring 24 goals while the signing of Kaka also helped.