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Serie A club CEO waxes lyrical about Carlo Ancelotti: “He is the greatest, period”

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AC Milan are set to face AC Monza for the first time in Serie A history later this evening. It promises to be a special game for Monza CEO Adriano Galliani, who had spent 31 years as the chairman of Milan before returning to his hometown club in 2017.

Ahead of the game, Galliani spoke to Diario AS about various topics, including his time with current Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti was the AC Milan manager from 2001 to 2009, helping the Rossoneri secure two UEFA Champions League titles, along with one Serie A title.

Galliani hailed the Italian’s exploits in the game, reminding that apart from winning four UCL titles as a manager, he had also lifted two as a player at AC Milan.

“With Carlo they are wrong. They say that he has won four Champions League titles, but there are six! With Milan, he also raised two as a player,” he said.

He is the greatest, period. Nobody won the top five leagues and I think we will never see anything like it again. Only he can do something like that,” he added, praising the Real Madrid manager.

Ancelotti had indeed won two Champions League titles with AC Milan. a club he represented 160 times before retiring in 1992.

Galliani added that he maintains an excellent relationship with Carlo Ancelotti. He also admitted his love for Real Madrid, praising club legend Alfredo Di Stefano, in particular.

“With Carlo, we continue to have a great relationship. And, furthermore, Madrid has always been special to me. I already told you that, as a child, I was moved by Di Stefano and, as a director of Milan, I was moved every time I ran into him at a meal. That is unforgettable,” he added.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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