The Italian discussed the current Chelsea manager’s time at the helm of the Spanish giants and Cristiano Ronaldo’s form and fitness in 2014-15
The Portuguese coach left La Liga in 2013 for Chelsea after three years with the Blancos amid a final season that was plagued with rumours of discontent in the dressing room.
Despite being determined to consign Mourinho’s spell in Spain to ancient history, Ancelotti suggested that the two-time Champions League-winning coach did not leave Madrid on bad terms.
“I don’t know Mourinho’s methods particularly well,” the coach told reporters. “He works in the same way that I do. We work a lot with the ball.
“When I came here I didn’t hear a bad word about him. I don’t what happened with the players when he was here. When I arrived another cycle began and the other one is forgotten.”
Ancelotti also passed comment on the form and fitness of Ronaldo, who won the Ballon d’Or earlier this month but has only impressed intermittently in 2015 as Madrid have won just two of their five games since the turn of the year.
“I say the same thing as I said to the squad, that Ronaldo is always at his peak,” he added. “I have not seen any deterioration in him.
“It’s true he hasn’t scored in a couple of games recently, but his physical and mental condition is always maximum.
“I can explain to you how we work with all the players: they do pool work with cold and hot water. I think Ronaldo does more work on his own at home and you also have to take into account his genetic make-up.”
Madrid are top of La Liga by a single point over Barcelona, but have a game in hand on their big rivals, and are in action on Saturday against a resurgent Cordoba side.