Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hailed Carlo Ancelotti as the 'best Italian' coach in the world, as the Bayern Munich boss prepares to take charge for the 1,000th game of his managerial career.
Ancelotti, a former Chelsea boss who won the FA Cup and Premier League double in 2010, will reach the landmark when Bayern host Hamburg in a Bundesliga clash on Saturday.
The 57-year-old has won league titles in Italy, England and France, while leading Real Madrid to their 10th Champions League trophy while in charge at the Bernabeu.
"Carlo for me is a great friend, he was my manager at Juventus," Conte told the media on Friday.
"He is now the best Italian coach, one of the best in the world. 1,000 games is not easy, to stay on the bench for that long but with that responsibility to win every season is great.
"I wish Carlo the best, he deserves the best.
"I am happy to try and go close to Carlo but his career was fantastic as manager. At Chelsea I hope to continue my work.
"We have started a new path and I hope to continue my work and to grow together in the present and the future."