- Carlo Ancelotti has acknowledged his conflicts with Valencia coach Gennaro Gattuso
- Both managers will see their teams face off in the Spanish Super Cup on January 11
- Ancelotti's Real Madrid will look to bounce back from their surprise loss to Villarreal
Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he had personal issues while coaching current Valencia manager, Gennaro Gattuso during his time in charge of AC Milan in the 2000s.
Gattuso enjoyed a fruitful time together with Ancelotti at AC Milan, winning two Champions League trophies and a Serie A title under the veteran Italian manager.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Real Madrid boss has admitted that both managers barely see eye-to-eye nowadays, ahead of their Spanish Super Cup tie on Wednesday.
“We had very beautiful moments together. And we had personal problems that I don't want to talk about.”
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Real Madrid faces Valencia in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, on the back of Los Blancos dropping points against Villarreal after a 2-1 league defeat last weekend.
Gattuso downplays hostilities with Ancelotti
Meanwhile, Gattuso has stated that he loves and respects Ancelotti, and has played down any talk of a rift with the Real Madrid manager, Goal reports.
Since going into management after retiring from active football, the Valencia boss has had clashes with his former boss, but insisted it has always been 'a work problem' and nothing else.
Gattuso described Ancelotti as one of the best managers in the world ahead of their Spanish Super Cup clash, when the two managers battle for a sport in the final.
Ancelotti blasts referees after penalty
Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Ancelotti being displeased with officials after the decision to award two penalties, in Real Madrid's surprise 2-1 defeat to Villareal on Saturday, January 7.
Los Blancos suffered their second loss of the season following the loss to the Yellow Submarines at the Estadio de la Ceramica, but the Madrid boss was more concerned with the penalties given.
Centre referee, Cesar Soto Grado made two big calls after he awarded both sides a penalty each for handball in the box, and Ancelotti believes both calls did not have strong merit.