Ancelotti emulates Mourinho

LONDON - Carlo Ancelotti finally cast off the suffocating shadow of Jose Mourinho yesterday as the Chelsea boss emulated his rival's feat of leading the Blues to Premier League glory.

LONDON - Carlo Ancelotti finally cast off the suffocating shadow of Jose Mourinho yesterday as the Chelsea boss emulated his rival's feat of leading the Blues to Premier League glory.

Ancelotti has been forced to play second fiddle to Mourinho for much of the last two years after being eclipsed by the Inter Milan coach in Italy and then in the Champions League.

But after yesterday's magnificent 8-0 win over Wigan secured the English title in his first season at Stamford Bridge, Ancelotti will no longer have to listen to so many unflattering comparisons with former Chelsea manager Mourinho.

In his final season with AC Milan, Ancelotti had to watch his aging squad swept aside by Inter as well as suffering the provocative jibes of Mourinho.

Moving to England to take charge at Chelsea last year offered Ancelotti no immediate respite from Mourinho as the Italian found every aspect of his style and CV weighed unfavourably against his Portuguese predecessor.

Whereas Mourinho's arrival at the Bridge left no one in any doubt about the self-proclaimed special one's abilities, Ancelotti was content to promise only that he would do his best for the club.

But, after eight years at Milan and stints in charge at Parma, Juventus and Reggiana, Ancelotti adapted impressively to his first managerial job outside Italy.

He won two Champions League titles during his time with Milan, but his track record in Serie A suggested it might take him a while to adjust to the Premier League.

Now Ancelotti will lead Chelsea to their first ever league and FA Cup double if they beat Portsmouth in Saturday's final at Wembley. - Sapa-AFP

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