Carlo Ancelotti is set to match Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho’s Champions League record when Real Madrid welcomes Chelsea in their quarter-final second leg encounter at Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
The Italian tactician has gazanias his side to a 3-1 victory over defending champions at Stamford Bridge last week courtesy of Karim Benzema’s hattrick to give Los Blancos a first-leg advantage.
Ancelotti is no stranger to success in the competition with three European titles to his name, while he manages his side to seven semi-finals in the past
However, if he guides Real Madrid to the last four of this year’s UEFA Champions League former AC Milan and Paris Saint-German manager will become the third coach in the history of the tournament to make the last four a record eight times.
Only Manchester City boss Guardiola and AS Roma current manager Mourinho have done so beforehand, and Ancelotti has been dumped out in the semi-finals of the European most prestigious club competition three times in 1998-99, 2005-06, and 2014-15.
Real Madrid will meet either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals would it be a good idea for them they progress past Chelsea, whom Ancelotti could direct similar to the quarter-finals in the 2010-11 season.