Carlo Ancelotti told Arsenal he wanted to succeed Arsene Wenger

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti told Arsenal he wanted to succeed Arsene Wenger Comment About Connatix V67539 Arsenal v Napoli: Emery and Lacazette press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:37FullscreenArsenal v Napoli: Emery and Lacazette press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Ancelotti even told senior figures involved in the search he wanted the job having had a spell as Chelsea boss between 2009 and 2011.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Arsenal board were tempted by Ancelotti’s offer, but settled on Emery after the Spaniard impressed during the interview process.Emery had a detailed understanding of Arsenal’s squad and came armed with suggestions on how the club could be rejuvenated and improved. by Metro Ancelotti took over at Napoli last summer (Picture: EPA)Carlo Ancelotti told Arsenal last January he wanted to take over from Arsene Wenger, according to reports.The experienced Italian takes his Napoli side to the Emirates on Thursday night in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie with Arsenal.Unai Emery will lead Arsenal out against Napoli, but it could have been Ancelotti in the home dug-out if the 59-year-old had got his way a year ago.The Evening Standard claim Arsenal began looking for Wenger’s successor in January 2018 and Ancelotti was immediately added to a list of candidates.ADVERTISEMENT Full Screen PLAY Ancelotti was keen on a return to London (Picture: PA)Ancelotti was not out of a job for long though, joining Napoli as their head coach last summer.Arsenal are aiming to win the Europa League to guarantee Champions League football next season after slipping out of the top four in the Premier League.Emery has a remarkable record in the tournament, having won it three times in a row with Sevilla.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Emery impressed during his interview (Picture: Getty)Ancelotti and Emery were just two of eight candidates Arsenal seriously considered last year.Emery eventually won the race and continues to have the backing of the club despite several of his supporters leaving Arsenal in recent months.Chief executive Ivan Gazidis and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat were instrumental in the decision to give Emery the job, but both men made shock exits from Arsenal this season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Read More Coral BarryThursday 11 Apr 2019 5:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link507Shares Read More Read More Skip / center_img Video Settings 1 min. story Read More Top articles SPONSORED Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 Skip Ad Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Coming Next Advertisementlast_img read more

I like to be entertained, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_img With that in mind this weekend’s encounter could well be described as Metallica versus muzak and while Klopp would not criticise Van Gaal’s approach, which has angered United fans, he insists it is not a way he can operate. “I am not too close with the news about Manchester United in the last week. The stories (going) around I am not interested in,” he said. “Louis van Gaal is one of the most successful managers in the world; he has a special idea of football and as an opponent you have to respect this. “I am a football fan and if I watch football I like to be entertained, it is one of the most important things in football. “You can celebrate big victories together, you have to go through big defeats together – that is what football is. “Between these two things you have to play football people want to talk about. “I didn’t like 3-3 too much against Arsenal (on Wednesday) but a lot of people liked it as there was a lot of action and goals and that is what football should be. “It would not be the same game if people went into the stadium and thought only about tactics and thought ‘This player has to move three yards left or four yards right’. The north-west rivals do battle at Anfield on Sunday and to many it is a clash of cultures; the Dutchman’s dour and dull tactics against the German’s all-out, high-energy game. One of Klopp’s most quoted comments likens his footballing style to heavy metal. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp needs to be entertained by football but accepts Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal has a different idea. Press Association “Football is not the most complicated game in the world. I like football because of the moments you can enjoy. “It is a different idea of football but I wouldn’t say we had the better idea.” Klopp has had his fair share of derbies in Germany but despite his suggestion this weekend’s will be a little bit like Dortmund versus Schalke he knows the reality is likely to be much different. Of the 47 Premier League clashes between the teams there has only ever been one goalless draw – in September 2005 – and there have been 16 red cards over that period of matches. The Reds boss knows there is a balance to be struck between passion and control and that all-out, attacking, 100mph football does not always prevail. “Obviously it is important for the table; we are close together and both teams need the points to stay close with the top teams,” he said. “But it is Manchester United. If we were 20 points in the lead of the whole table it would (still) be important. “That’s how I understand derbies. I love derbies. It’s the salt in the soup. They are the best matches to perform in. “You can be over-motivated, that’s possible, but the balance is always the most important thing. “In football everything is about timing and the right thing in the right moment. “If you don’t do the right thing in the right moment then you have to run more. You cannot solve it in a different way, you can only solve mistakes with your legs. “But you will not win against Manchester United because you run 145 miles. You have to make the right way and you have to defend well because they have brilliant players in the team.” last_img read more