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Ex-coach of the Italian champions pays tribute to Massimiliano Allegri for winning the Scudetto in his first season and is also hopeful of the beginning of a new era for them

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti believes that AC Milan’s 2010-11 Serie A triumph could begin a new cycle for them in Italy.

Milan won the Scudetto this season for the first time since 2004 and Ancelotti, who was the Italian giants’ coach from 2001 to 2009, is impressed with Massmiliano Allegri’s achievement in only his first year at the former European champions

"Massimiliano had clear ideas, he made the most of [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic in the early part of the season and exploited the experience of senior players towards the end,” said the former Chelsea boss, according to AFP. “His management was excellent.”

Under Ancelotti, Milan won the Scudetto in 2004 and the Champions League in 2003 and 2007, establishing themselves as one of the best club sides in Europe during that period.

The Italian tactician believes that Milan could once again become a force and enthused: "Milan could open a new cycle, bringing Ibrahimovic was an intelligent move as were their January acquisitions [Antonio Cassano and Mark van Bommel].

“However, in Europe the competitiveness has moved on with respect to the Italian teams."

Milan have struggled in Europe since 2007 and failed to progress beyond the round of 16 in the Champions League this season.

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