The Stamford Bridge faithful have fond memories of former manager Carlo Ancelotti but the Italian manager has recently admitted that he once tried to kill a Chelsea player for showing a lack of respect.
Ancelotti won an FA Cup and Premier League double with the Blues back in 2010 and many were angry with the club over the manner in which he was dismissed from his post at the West London club only a season after his success.
During his time in charge there were murmurings of things going on behind the scenes and the most public example of this was Ray Wilkins’ dismissal, which I suspect wasn’t the cause of the decline but probably an incident that lost Ancelotti the dressing room if the players perceived that he didn’t back his assistant up.
Ancelotti told the Times about the relationship between a manager and his players, and how he once wanted to kill one of his:
“The success of a manager is down to his relationship with players. That doesn’t mean to say you always say ‘yes, yes, yes’.
“There is discipline, there are rules, but you have to be a little bit elastic. Sometimes we were not elastic at Chelsea. One time [Didier] Drogba arrived 30 minutes late for a game, so he didn’t play, but the key is mutual respect.
“We’ve never had any problems with the players, just one time at Chelsea. One player didn’t show respect and I tried to kill him, but it wasn’t possible. The player is the property of the club, and sometimes you cannot do what you want.”
The player in question has not been named but is thought to have a history of poor discipline…I wonder who that could be.
There’d be no way of telling which player he’s speaking about specifically but there’s only a few that could be aptly described as having a ‘well-documented history of misdemeanours’.
Source: ITV Sport