Ancelotti breaks Sir Alex Ferguson’s UCL Champions League record

Ancelotti breaks Sir Alex Ferguson’s UCL Champions League record

The Real Madrid head coach tied the Scot’s 190-game tally in last week’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City in the semi-final first leg, and he has now surpassed it.

As the second leg kicked off at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening, Ancelotti was in the dugout for the 191st time in a Champions League match.

It is the 50th time he has done so as Real Madrid manager, which means Sir Alex’s record of coaching the most Champions League games with one side remains intact, with all 190 of his games occurring with Manchester United.

The remainder of the Italian’s games came during spells with Chelsea (18), Bayern Munich (12), Napoli (12), Juventus (10), Paris St.-Germain (10) and Parma (6).

Ancelotti had already surpassed Sir Alex as the manager with the most victories in the competition, with 107 victories to Sir Alex’s 102, though Pep Guardiola is close behind with 99.

Sir Alex is unlikely to be bitter about losing his record to Ancelotti because he has always spoken highly of his former sparring partner.

Carlo Ancelotti – 191 games / 107* victories
Sir Alex Ferguson played 190 games and won 102 of them.
Arsene Wenger – 178 matches / 82 wins
Pep Guardiola – 159 games / 99* victories
Jose Mourinho: 145 matches / 77 wins

In 2015, shortly after the 63-year-old’s first stint at the Bernabeu concluded, Sir Alex said, ‘Carlo Ancelotti is one of my closest friends and one of the game’s finest managers.

There is no doubt that he will return to the game in the near future. People with this ability do not stray too far from it.

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Carlo has an incredible record in the European Cup as both a player and a manager, having won it twice in both capacities with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid. I don’t believe anyone else has done that, so he stands alone in that regard.’

Ancelotti breaks Sir Alex Ferguson’s UCL Champions League record