Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti sees no problem with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boli giving a speech to the Blues in the dressing room.
Chelsea interim manager Frank Lampard revealed on Monday that Boely spoke to the team regularly, saying he was fine with it.
Former Blues boss Ancelotti said if Lampard is happy with that, he doesn’t see it as a problem.
Chelsea’s 2-1 home loss to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday was their third defeat in a row and they have not won in six matches (D2 L4), finishing 11th in the Premier League.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Chelsea, Ancelotti said: “The owner’s performance can be important for the players. The moment with Chelsea is not the best moment… if the owner wants to talk to the players, absolutely.”
However, he did not go along with the idea that Madrid president Florentino Pérez would do the same in his dressing room.
“If [Perez] wants to talk to me every game, I’d be happy to do that,” he said. “Owner[/president] has the right to know what the manager’s decisions are.”
Los Blancos are leading 2-0 in the second leg at Stamford Bridge, and Ancelotti knows the job is not done yet: his team nearly squandered a two-goal lead at the same stage against the same opponent in last year’s tournament.
After a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge, Madrid went 3-0 down in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu, only to have a goal from Rodrigo send him into extra time before Karim Benzema scored the winning goal.
“[We have] Lots of motivation,” he said. “It’s a big game and we know we have to put on a good game.
“The game is still at least 90 minutes away and anything can happen, but we will be ready.”
The Italian will not be linked with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham as reports say Madrid and Manchester City are at the front of the line for England after Liverpool allegedly withdrew their interest due to finance.
“Unfortunately Bellingham is a Borussia Dortmund player and I don’t like to talk about players from other teams. Sorry,” Ancelotti said.