While acknowledging he didn't see eye-to-eye with Ancelotti at AC Milan, Laursen insists he can now understand the Italian's approach.
He recalled to Viaplay: "He was a coach who was respected without shouting and screaming. He was incredibly serious in everything he did. He had great tactical insight and high-quality training - and then he had a knack for coping with an environment of giant world stars.
"He did not get in trouble by not using, for example, Rivaldo and Rui Costa. There was always a reasonably good mood, although there were some world stars who didn't play every time.
"He was a nice person who was sympathetic. He didn't like me very much. He chose all sorts of others, so at the time, I didn't like him very much, to be honest. We football players are a little egoists who think a lot about ourselves, and I wanted to play too, but he chose all sorts of others. But he is a good coach."