Carlo Ancelotti says his Real Madrid side are a more “complete team” than the AC Milan squad he led to two Champions League titles.
Ancelotti claimed two European crowns, in 2003 and 2007, during an eight-year spell at the Rossoneri.
However, the Italian, who took charge of Madrid last summer, feels his current set of players are a more rounded group than Paolo Maldini, Clarence Seedorf and co. were.
“Real is the most complete team I have coached,” Ancelotti told Italian radio station Radio Anch'io Sport ahead of Madrid’s quarterfinal first leg against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
“Besides great champions like Cristiano Ronaldo, I have so many young promising players as well as experienced ones. I want to highlight the fact that this season not only [Gareth] Bale arrived, but also five players from the youth team.”
Madrid are still on course to win the Treble this season, with Ancelotti’s men currently lying third in La Liga, while they have a Copa del Rey final against Barcelona to look forward to, as well as their last-eight tie with Dortmund.
But the Blancos boss insists the main aim of his club this term is to finally secure La Decima (their 10th European Cup triumph).
“Real Madrid's dream right now is to win the Champions League,” Ancelotti said. “However, we are not giving up on the title race, even if we are third.”
Madrid led the Liga standings earlier this month but straight defeats to Barcelona and Sevilla saw Ancelotti's side lose ground in the title race.
They bounced back from those defeats with a 5-0 mauling of Rayo Vallecano at the weekend and are now one point behind bitter rivals Barcelona and three points adrift of league leaders Atletico Madrid with seven games remaining.
“We had led the table for a long time and were unbeaten,'' Ancelotti said. “We suffered two consecutive setbacks and we have fallen behind. But we will continue to fight and it will be an interesting end to the season.''
Information from the Press Association was used in this report