Ruud Gullit hopes Milan ‘get a result’ against Newcastle United in the Champions League and explains why Carlo Ancelotti is a better coach than Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola.
The Dutch legend sat down with Gambling Zone to discuss the upcoming Champions League showdown at St. James’ Park.
While Borussia Dortmund have already qualified, the Rossoneri can only continue to the Round of 16 if they beat Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain also lose in Germany.
“I feel so sorry for Newcastle – the decision was unbelievable. I think they deserve something out of the Champions League,” said Gullit of that last-gasp penalty allowing PSG a 1-1 draw.
“Milan is, of course, my team. I hope they get a result. I don’t know what will happen between Newcastle and Milan. I’ve seen Milan a lot this season, and I know they can play. They’re a good team. It’s going to be difficult for Newcastle.
“I feel sympathy for Newcastle. I thought they were unbelievably calm after the PSG game, but I’m not sure if that helps! Staying silent is considered boring, but contesting the decision attracts criticism! I’m not sure what people want.”
Manchester City won the Champions League for the first time last season, squeezing past Inter 1-0 in a tight Final in Istanbul.
Gullit was part of the Grande Milan under Arrigo Sacchi that transformed the sport and dominated world football in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“We’re in a different era of football now, and we shouldn’t compare the Milan team I played in to Pep’s Man City or Barcelona. The important thing is, we’re part of history in football. Let’s not forget the great Liverpool and Ajax teams of the past. We can’t compare them.
“What I like about all of these teams is how they all played attacking football. That’s what gives you trophies. Attacking teams always stick around in people’s memories.
“That’s the good thing about these great teams – they were always on the front foot. It’s so difficult to play like that, and they all serve as an example to coaches. Attacking football gives you glory.”
Among the teammates that Gullit had with that Milan squad was Ancelotti, who went on to become an extraordinary coach.
Ancelotti became the first man ever to win all five major European league titles and has won more Champions League trophies than anyone else too.
For Gullit, this puts Real Madrid boss Carletto a level above both Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola.
“I think Ancelotti is a bit bigger than Sir Alex and Pep due to the Champions Leagues he’s won! He’s top-notch, and he’s the king of European success.
“Both Pep and Sir Alex are a part of history, but let’s look at what Ancelotti has achieved. He’s the king of kings, better than anyone else, and I’m very proud of him.”