In his second spell in the Premier League, the Everton boss reveals the reasons behind the English football’s success.
“The Premier League is very competitive. There are many things we can say on why their clubs are superior to those in Serie A. There are too many tactics in Italy, which lead to less intensity. The Premier League has the best players and the best coaches,” Ancelotti told Il Corriere dello Sport.
“Quality makes the difference and quality costs. Top clubs have suffered due to the pandemic. Still, Manchester City were able to sign Ruben Dias, Ferran Torres and Aké. Chelsea spent over €200m to sign Werner, Havertz, Chilwell and Ziyech while Real Madrid and Barcelona made no signings at all.”
Despite that, the Italian manager stands firmly against the Super League, he added: “It’s fine to talk about football as a business because it’s worth around €25 billion, that’s what I read. Despite that, I don’t particularly appreciate when business kills the sporting merit. I was against the Super League because it didn’t consider that.”
While Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, and Milan are yet to formally resign from the Super League agreement, UEFA is considering banning them from European competitions. On the mentioned possibility, the former Real Madrid boss said: “I don’t think they can do it.
“Bans would have a bad impact on fans and footballers, people who were against the Super League. It would be unfair. Fans and footballers have nothing to do with it. Why should they be punished? And how would tv react given that they have already bought the rights for the European competitions?”
Then the Italian went on to discuss rumors about Everton signing Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny.
“I already have a goalkeeper and it is Jordan Pickford. Now I only think about West Ham, if we beat them on Sunday we can qualify for Europe. If we lose we are out, luckily we play in London.”
Asked whether he expected to see Mourinho becoming the new Roma coach, he answered: “No, I didn’t. Nobody did. Mou will bring enthusiasm, knowledge and personality. He is a great coach and I am really on good terms with him. I sent him a text when I read the news, and he thanked me.
“Then I sent a second text telling him I am happy he will coach a team I really love, Roma. My Roma.”
On the fact that the Portuguese have been sacked occasionally in the past, he said: “It always depends on the club’s expectations. Tottenham hoped to finish in the top four and that’s the same reason why they sacked Pochettino. Mourinho hadn’t done badly at Manchester United. He had won the Europa League and qualified for the Champions League easily.”