Ferguson spent 27 years in the United hot seat, winning 38 major trophies, including the Champions League twice. He won 102 matches as a manager in the competition, a record that stood since his retirement, with his final victory coming in Prague in November 2012.
He seemed to set a tricky precedent for hitting, but he has now been surpassed by Ancelotti. Madrid’s win over Celtic on Wednesday was his 103rd in the competition, finally breaking the United boss’s tally.
Ancelotti also holds the record for most Champions League trophies, joining Bob Paisley and Zinedine Zidane as the only manager to win the competition four times.
Ancelotti’s winning streak would not last long in the 63-year-old’s twilight years in management. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has already won 96 and is likely to last longer in the dugout than the Italian.
The win over Celtic was relatively easy, with two early penalties from Luka Modric and then Rodrigo setting the tone for the game. Celtic then missed a penalty from Josip Juranovic. Los Blancos ran riot at the Bernabeu in the second half and added three more through Marcos Asensio, Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde as Jota scored a late consolation for the Scottish Premiership leaders.
Ancelotti was keen to praise his players after the match, praising them for getting back to winning ways in the competition after losing 3-2 to RB Leipzig at the last minute.
“I think we played well, we started well,” he told BT Sport. “We were focused and focused.
“We wanted to play a good game after our last Champions League game was not so good – we played well.
“Celtic had a chance to come back into the game with the penalty, but I think tonight we played well and focused on winning.”
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