Ancelotti makes Serie A and World Cup predictions, reveals when he will retire

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti believes Juventus, Inter and Milan will battle it out for the Scudetto and confirms he will retire after his spell with the Merengues.

Ancelotti signed a three-year deal with the La Liga giants a year ago and his second spell at the Bernabeu has been more than successful given that he won the Spanish title and the Champions League in 2021-22.

He had claimed last season that he would have retired after the end of his contract with the Merengues and confirmed his plans in a new interview with Il Messaggero newspaper.

“This spell at Real Madrid will end my career,” the Italian tactician said.

“Real Madrid are the best in football, it makes sense to end [my career] after this experience.

“Time has changed a few dynamics. Until a few years ago, there were technical and tactical priorities. Now human relations are more important. To know people and new generations.”

Ancelotti became the first coach to win the Champions League four times last season as well as the first one to conquer a domestic title in each one of the top five leagues: Italy, Germany, France, Spain and England.

The 2022-23 campaign starts today and Ancelotti made his title predictions.

“I see the usual three in pole position, perhaps with a different balance. Milan have signed an interesting prospect like De Ketelaere, following Maldini’s plans,” he said.

“Inter have a strong engine and Romelu Lukaku is back. Juventus are still working in the market, but Di Maria is a smart piece of business. He is a fit champion, with quality and experience.”

El Fideo won La Decima at Real Madrid with Ancelotti in charge in 2013-14 and the Italian coach believes Di Maria’s Argentina will be among the main contenders for the World Cup.

“I think Brazil and France are the best countries, follower by Argentina,” the Italian boss noted.

“Scaloni’s team is always at the top and they still have Leo Messi. I add England and Germany, two countries that have begun a renewal process.”

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