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Ancelotti feels very loved at Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits he loves playing European football after leaving Everton to join Los Blancos and has flourished in the Spanish capital ever since.

Ancelotti has led Real to currently dominate La Liga plus they now face Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg on Tuesday night at Etihad Stadium.

"I'm aware that I coach the most important club in the world," Ancelotti said pre-match to journalist Jorge Valdano.

"The demand is very high and I have to accept it. I never thought I was going to return to Madrid. I enjoy it despite the criticism.

"I really like football, it's my passion, but I try to keep things as simple as possible. There are two aspects: defending and attacking. Creativity and organisation.

"I think I can give players more defensively. Offensively is more to do with talent and I don't want to obfuscate this talent. I can't teach Karim where to stand in the box or Modric how to pass," Ancelotti said.

"I'm full of pride to be coaching Real Madrid.

"It's something special, like with Milan. I feel very loved. I try to do my best and sometimes I make mistakes like everyone else.

"This is a club that never stops. Here you can't celebrate because you have to look forward. There's no pride if things don't go well.

"That's why this is the club that has won the most," he added.