What kind of reception do you think Carlo Ancelotti will get on Sunday?
“A very good one, he’s very well respected in house and to the fans.
“We all respect his period at the club. A gentleman, a fantastic manager, I loved working with him personally and he’ll get a great reception.
What that your best season under him?
“I’m not sure. It was a good season.”
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What was he like as a manager?
“A great man-manager, really great on a personal level great at striking up relationships with the players, to try to get the best out of them.
“Very good tactically, a really calm manner, never too high, never too low.
“And someone I really enjoyed working with, we had a very successful year in that first year to win the double. And from then on I’ve kept in touch with him now and again.
“And I have huge respect for him.”
Surprised he was sacked in his second season at Chelsea?
“Not surprised, no; this is football, these things happen all over the world in elite football.”
Coronavirus, games could be played behind closed doors. How will that affect you?
“It wouldn’t affect anything in terms of preparation, you’ll take on the opposition in front of you.
“It would obviously affect the atmosphere clearly.
“We’ll have to see. But that takes away a lot from the game without the fans in the stadium.
“It’s part of why we love the sport here, because of what that generates.
“But there are some things that are more important clearly, and if that’s the path that gets chosen by the authorities, the government, then you would go with that.”
Anything changed for you behind the scenes?
“We’re not shaking hands, we’re following the protocol that’s recommended.
“We’re doing everything that we can with our ears open as things change.”
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