New AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf says that Real Madrid can once again become a dominant force in European football after the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti has transformed the club in the last few months.
Ancelotti replaced Jose Mourinho in the summer, but results were not excellent almost immediately. In fact, the club trailed Barcelona by six points before the winter break, but they have totally turned around the situation in the last few months. They now lead the Spanish league table by four points with only 11 matches remaining.
They have been placed as the favourites to win the Champions League this season along with Bayern Munich. Real Madrid is the most successful club in European football history, as they have won nine titles so far. However, they have not won the competition in more than a decade. Seedorf recently retired from playing and immediately became the manager of his former club Milan. Real Madrid also counts as one of the club’s Seedorf represented during his illustrious career. Seedorf will be taking his Milan team to Spain looking to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The Italian giants trial Atletico Madrid 1-0 on aggregate after losing the first leg due to a goal from Diego Costa. He also said that Barcelona appear to be coming to the end of an era.
“Madrid and Bayern Munich are the teams that played the best football at the moment. Real Madrid have grown as a team, and Bayern already had a solid structure. It would be a shame to face Real in the quarter-finals, I would like to meet them farther in the competition, let’s say in the final. I think Real can become a dominant force in football. Barcelona have done great things in the last few years, it’s like the great era Milan had,” said Seedorf.