Speaking in an interview with Chinese broadcaster Sina Sports, former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti branded Chelsea as the worst team of the season while questioning Florentino Perez’s decision with regards to Rafael Benitez’s sacking.

Sacked from Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti is due to take over the reins from Pep Guardiola as Bayern Munich announced his appointment late last year. The manager also singled out Leicester City for praise in his interview as he lauded the efforts put forth by the likes of Claudio Ranieri and Jamie Vardy.

Is it always the fault of the coach?

Despite winning the Champions League in his first season at Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti was unceremoniously dumped by Florentino Perez as Rafael Benitez replaced the Italian in the dugout at Santiago Bernabeu. However, just months after his appointment, Benitez was replaced by club legend Zinedine Zidane as the sacking sent shockwaves across Europe.

As reported by AS, Ancelotti claimed that he ‘genuinely could not understand’ Florentino Perez’s decision to sack Rafael Benitez halfway into the season.

“I also know that our job is surrounded by controversy but on this occasion I genuinely could not understand the decision. Madrid had only played half a season.

“Zidane will be the fifth manager at Real Madrid since 2009. Is it always the fault of the coach? People can draw their own conclusions.”

Chelsea is the worst team of the season

Quizzed regarding his opinion on the ‘worst team of the season’, the former Chelsea manager claimed that Mourinho’s team had failed to perform at the ‘level required’ as the champions of England. The Italian did go on to praise Guus Hiddink as he hoped for an improved performance from his former club.

“As reigning champions, they have not played to the level required. It seems that now they are getting back on track, results are improving. I hope my colleague Hiddink has good fortune.”