Carlo Ancelotti set to break Sir Alex Ferguson’s record against Manchester City

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will try to break a Champions League record held by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Carlo Ancelotti and Alex Ferguson are two of the most prestigious managers in football, and have achieved greatness in the Champions League.

Carlo Ancelotti has won a record four Champions Leagues, including two with AC Milan and two with Real Madrid. Ferguson, meanwhile, won two European titles with Manchester United in 1999 and 2008 after guiding Aberdeen to the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983.

Ancelotti could extend his record by winning a fifth Champions League trophy this term, with Real Madrid to battle Man City in the semi-final of the Champions League.

The Italian gaffer will take change of his 191st Champions League game as a manager on Wednesday, which will see him surpass the previous record held by Ferguson, who amassed a total of 190 matches in the competition.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Ancelotti said of the record: “It’s not easy to explain, but personally I feel the Champions League is special for Real Madrid because of the history, because the club won the first six.

“It’s something very special and that makes a difference. The club does a good job of keeping this history alive. We don’t forget the players who made history at this club, such as [Alfredo] Di Stefano, [Paco] Gento, Amancio, etc.”

Ancelotti added: “We need to be strong defensively as a whole. It won’t be such a different game from the first leg. I think we can play better than we did in the first leg.

“I want my team to read the situations of the match well. We’ll suffer at points, which is normal in a match like this, but we also have to realise when our opponents are suffering. We’ll try to win the game as a collective and with our individuals.”