Carlo Ancelotti succeeds Zidane and returns to Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti succeeds Zidane and returns to Real Madrid
Carlo Ancelotti succeeds Zidane and returns to Real Madrid

Six years later, Carlo Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid, the club with which he won the Champions League in 2014. He will have the mandate to rebuild the team after the departure of Zinédine Zidane.

Ancelotti had coached Real Madrid for two seasons, between 2013 and 2015.

With Ancelotti signing for three seasons, the White House, as we call Real Madrid in Spain, will have taken less than a week to turn the page Zizou. The Frenchman decided last Thursday to leave his favorite club, regretting the lack of confidence of his leaders over a less successful season than his first term (2016-2018).

To find Real Madrid, Ancelotti therefore leaves his duties as coach of Everton, in the English Premier League, with whom he was nevertheless under contract until 2024. In doing so, the Italian is preparing to find the Madrid president Florentino Pérez, who ousted him in 2015, just one year after conquering the Tenth, the tenth Champions League of the rich merengue history, which was then overdue for 12 years.

The return of Carlo Ancelotti (61) to succeed Zidane, his former assistant (2013-2014), is in any case a sign of appeasement sent to the star players of Real Madrid: the heavyweights of the locker room will see a good eye to be again directed by this benevolent technician, follower like Zidane of a protective management, rather than the brutal and divisive management of Antonio Conte for example, another contender cited for the bench merengue.

In his first two seasons at Real, Ancelotti left an excellent image among supporters and players, including Karim Benzema, Raphaël Varane, Marcelo or Casemiro, who still feature in the squad.

The native of Emilia-Romagna had achieved the feat of pacifying a workforce scalded by the storms of the José Mourinho era (2010-2013).

But the support of his locker room was not enough to save his head at the end of a second season concluded without a major trophy, nor the support of partners (supporters-shareholders) of the club, 73% in favor of maintaining the Italian according to a survey released at the time by the sports daily Brand.

I remember two fantastic years at Real Madrid. Thank you to the club, the public and my players, then commented Ancelotti, a handsome player, on Twitter.

At the debauched time of Paris Saint-Germain (2011-2013), the Italian technician entered his first season in the history of Real with a coronation in the Champions League. As a bonus, he also conquered the Copa del Rey, the European Supercup and the Club World Cup.

But after his ouster from Real and a short stint at Bayern Munich (2016-2017), the sequel was more complicated for Carletto, who has not been able to seek the title in Napoli (2018-2019) nor to play the leading roles with Everton (2019-2021).

Not enough to undermine the odds of this exceptional coach, winner of two Champions Leagues as a player of AC Milan (1989, 1990), then three others as coach of the same team (2003, 2007) and Real Madrid (2014).

Ancelotti has also won the championship in all the countries where he has coached (in Italy with Milan, in England with Chelsea, in France with PSG, in Germany with Bayern) … except in Spain, where La Liga is still missing. his record.

To remedy this and to bring Real back to the front of the bill, Anceletto will have the mandate to rebuild the Madrid workforce, despite the financial difficulties of Real, weighed down by the COVID-19 pandemic, engaged in an ephemeral project of Super League private and monopolized by the costly renovation of the Santiago-Bernabeu stadium.

It remains to be seen whether he will be supported in this endeavor by Pérez and the Madrid leaders, much criticized Monday by Zidane in an open letter: I am leaving because I feel that the club does not give me the confidence I need, does not offer me the (necessary) support to build something in the medium or long term, threw Zizou.

Anyway, Ancelotti already knows his first recruit: Austrian international defender David Alaba, whom he worked with for a year at Bayern Munich.

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