Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ancelotti brands Liverpool the BEST in Europe

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has claimed Liverpool are the best team in Europe. And he has named Chelsea's Guus Hiddink as his favourite coach.

The Italian, who is wanted by Real Madrid and Chelsea next season, famously lost the 2005 Champions League final to Rafa Benitez's side - despite leading 3- 0 at half- time in Istanbul.

He gained revenge two years later with a 2- 1 win in Athens but is still full of admiration for the team and their boss. "

Liverpool are the hardest team to play against in Europe," he said. " Benitez is a great coach. He has a well- organised defence and the perfect counter- attack. "

To play against them is always dangerous. Manchester United are stronger, but they let you play. Liverpool don't." Ancelotti has a contract at Milan until 2010 and repeated yesterday that he wants to stay.

" I have still not found a good reason to leave Milan," said the 49- year- old former Reggina, Parma and Juventus coach.

"I feel good here and want to stay here for a long time." Ancelotti also plans to keep his top stars. "With Kaka and Pato, Milan can push on having great seasons," he said. "Kaka will stay."

But the revelation of his close friendship with Hiddink is intriguing as the temporary Chelsea boss stated last week he will continue as a consultant at the club and have a say in his successor.

Ancelotti said: "Hiddink is the coach I regard most highly. Professionally he is really good. He has done well everywhere he has gone. I like him as a person."

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