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12 Agustus 2008

Ancelotti: Mourinho Is Provocative

Mourinho has been heavily criticised in the Italian press over the past week or so, following his stunning attack on Juventus boss Claudio Ranieri.

Ancelotti has now had his say on the matter, and while he insists that he gets on well with ‘The Special One’, he says that the Portuguese does like to provoke.

“Mourinho is a unique person,” Carletto told the Corriere dello Sport.

“I know him and I think he’s very nice but he likes to court the Press and he can be provocative.

“The important thing is to keep your tongue in your cheek and I have enjoyed exchanging remarks with him. You just can’t take things too seriously.”

Ancelotti then turned to Milan’s pre-season preparations, which up until this point have been nothing short of disastrous.

The Rossoneri have suffered a spate of injuries in defence and attack, and they lost once again at the weekend, 1-0 at Manchester City.

“I didn’t expect things to be so difficult at this stage,” Ancelotti sighed.

“The defence isn’t working and neither is the attack. Only the midfield has been good.

“I know that Alessandro Nesta should recover quickly, but we don’t know how long he will take to return to the squad.”

Milan are expected to complete the loan signing of Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in the coming hours in order to ease the pressure on their defence.

Roberto Rossi