Monday December 27 2010
Ancelotti: 'I saw Ronaldinho's decline'

Carlo Ancelotti has praised current Milan boss Max Allegri, but admits he is “not surprised by the decline of Ronaldinho. I saw it coming.”

The Chelsea manager did tend to leave Dinho on the bench during the last year of his tenure, but Allegri has taken a stand by cutting the Brazilian out.

“I am not surprised by the decline of Ronaldinho. I saw it coming,” Ancelotti told the Corriere della Sera.

“His physical condition has always been precarious, while nobody could doubt his talent.

“I admire the way Allegri very quickly understood the shape of his team. Milan use their heads and will win the Scudetto. I think Allegri is better than me!”

Ancelotti had problems dealing with pressure cooker environments at San Siro and now Stamford Bridge.

“Roman Abramovich has never let me feel like someone's breathing down my neck. When at the end of my career I am asked about Abramovich and Berlusconi, I will reply that if I got the chance to manage Chelsea and Milan, then it is thanks to them.

“I will return to Italy one day, but for now I'd like to stay at Chelsea, quite aside from my contract which expires in 2012.”

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