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Ancelotti: leaving Milan for Chelsea ‘wasn’t hard’

England was ‘more enjoyable’ and had ‘less pressure’ than Italy claimed Carlo Ancelotti and that leaving Milan for Chelsea ‘wasn’t hard.’

A month after Ancelotti’s messy divorce from Napoli, he was named the coach of Everton when he ended nearly a decade away from the Premier League in December 2019.

“It’s definitely more enjoyable [managing in the Premier League],” he told Sky Sports.

“The supporters are less pressing here and the atmosphere in England is better.

“After nine years, I returned to Italy and it didn’t change much, the pressure is the same and there is a lot of violence with the supporters.”

“Italian football is trying to change but it’s not easy to change the culture of a country where violence and assault are unfortunately still taking place.”

“The people at the stadium here in England, and I’m only talking about them at the stadium, are more respectful.”

“I wanted to return to Italy in the first place [after leaving Bayern]. I had an experience in Naples and it was a good experience there, but if I had to choose a league, I wanted to return to the Premier League because of the atmosphere you feel here and the Premier League atmosphere.”

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“It really was important to have had the opportunity to come to Everton. Everton is a club with a fantastic history, a fantastic tradition, and a goal for them to be at the top.

“We’re trying if we can do our best after the COVID [shutdown].”

The 60-year-old won two Champions Leagues with Milan in the summer of 2009, so why did he move to Chelsea?

“I think it was the right choice from both sides [when they decided to leave for Chelsea]. It wasn’t that hard as I needed to change after eight years and at the same time, maybe the club needed to change so we decided to do it together.”

“It was the right time to make a decision, I wanted to have a new experience outside Italy so I had the chance to go to Chelsea. But it was a good decision, choosing wasn’t hard.’

Carletto led the Blues to their first-ever Premier League and FA Cup domestic double, in his first season.

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