Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will become the first manager to take charge of six different clubs in the Champions League when his side face Galatasaray in Istanbul tonight.
The Italian has guided Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea and Paris St-Germain to the Champions League in his previous managerial career before moving to Madrid at the end of last season.
Real has not won Europe’s elite competition since 2002 and are aiming for their tenth European Cup with the 54-year-old manager who reached the quarter-finals of same competition with PSG last season.
“I have a special feeling about becoming the first man to coach six different sides because this is the most important competition in the world,” said Ancelotti.
“It is also exciting because it will be my first match coaching Real Madrid (in Europe) and everyone knows we want to win the cup, although it will not be easy.
“The fact that I will be involved in this is a fantastic motivation for me.”
Meanwhile Didier Drogba, who played under Ancelotti at Chelsea, believes his Turkish side could repeat last season’s home victory against the Los Blancos.
Galatasaray won Real in Turkey last season, but failed to reach the semi-final on aggregate.
“It’s a new season and we know we can beat them again,” said Drogba.
“The best thing to do is play good football and give 100% to win. Once again we are going to face the top clubs of Europe this season and I think we have a good chance to qualify (for the knockout stages).”