Terry leads tributes to Ancelotti as former Blues manager reaches 1000 games

Terry leads tributes to Ancelotti as former Blues manager reaches 1000 games

John Terry has led the tributes from Stamford Bridge to former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti as he reached the landmark of 1000 games as manager.

The Bayern Munich boss brought up his landmark by thrashing Hamburg 8-0 at the weekend with Robert Lewandowski bagging a hat-trick.

The result kept Bayern five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and they are overwhelming favourites to win the title.

Ancelotti began his managerial career back in 1995 with Reggiana, before moving to Parma and then Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and now Bayern Munich.

Ancelotti has lifted league titles in Italy, England and France and won admirers from across football.

Terry, who captained Chelsea to the double under Ancelotti in 2009-10, posted a video message to the former Blues boss.

He said: ‘Hi Carlo, congratulations on reaching 1000 games. Unbelievable achievement and I am very proud that I was part of your history, your success here at Chelsea and part of the 1000 games. Good luck for the future, mate.’

Ancelotti also received video messages from former AC Milan hero Paolo Maldini and Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm.

Ahead of Bayern’s win over Hamburg at the weekend, Ancelotti wrote a letter on his website before the game saying he ‘could never imagine’ reaching 1,000 games after taking charge of his first, coaching Italian side Reggiana against Palermo on August 27, 1995.

‘I’m very proud and happy of being able to achieve this prestigious merit. If I go back in time, thinking of my first football match, I could never imagine reaching one thousand games.

‘Reaching one’s aim is reaching the end of an adventure. Be calm, it’s not my case, I love what I do, and I’m eager to live another thousand emotions.’ 

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