Carlo Ancelotti hoped to cheer Italy on to World Cup glory at Qatar 2022, however the Real Madrid boss has revealed that he will now be throwing his support behind Canada after the Azzurri failed to qualify.
The Euro 2020 winners will be absentees within the Middle East after suffering a shock play-off defeat to North Macedonia.
Roberto Mancini’s males will sit out a second successive World Cup, which means Ancelotti and his fellow countrymen are having to discover various groups to root for.
Why is Ancelotti supporting Canada?
Canada will be gracing the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986 and, having topped the CONCACAF qualification part, are a aspect that Ancelotti – who married Canadian businesswoman Mariann Barrena McClay in 2014 – is wanting ahead to watching.
The Italian tactician instructed Rai Radio: “At the World Cup I will cheer for Canada: they’ve been lacking for a few years and it’s my second dwelling.
“Then the president of the Canadian Federation is from Abruzzo, so everyone cheers on Canada.”
What does the long run maintain for Ancelotti?
Ancelotti is but to dip his toe into the world of worldwide administration, having spent his total teaching profession within the membership sport with AC Milan, Juventus, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
Having beforehand overseen Real Madrid’s ‘La Decima’ Champions League triumph, he’s now again within the Spanish capital looking for more La Liga and European titles.
He has a contract with the Blancos to 2024 and insists they, moderately than any potential return to Milan, are his solely precedence at current.
Ancelotti stated: “I’ll speak about it the day I stop Real Madrid. If I stop with Real Madrid in 20 years, I feel I can retire as a substitute of going to Milan.
“Milan is one of the few teams that I keep in my heart because it raised me: not as a player, but as a coach. As a director? [Paolo] Maldini is doing an amazing job. There is no need for two.”