Ancelotti was asked if he regretted allowing senior players to leave last summer, when he has had to cope with a reduced squad size for much of the campaign.
"No," he said, "because when we decided to change the philosophy and put in more young players I agreed, so until November we used the young players in some games and we improved their experience. [Michael] Ballack and the other players gave us fantastic support last season but I think it was the time in the summer to change and put in more young players from the Academy.
"Maybe sometimes when I changed the shape to play more defensively in some periods of the season we lost a little bit of possession, control of the game. That was our choice to play more defensively, because sometimes our possession was not so efficient and I wanted to change the shape to use more counter-attack.
"I changed sometimes the shape with 4-4-2 sometimes, sometimes back to 4-3-3, but last year the identity was very clear, this season was a little bit different."