One of the most successful coaches in European football history, Carlo Ancelotti, has stirred up a heated debate within the Real Madrid community with his recent statement.
Ancelotti’s remarks came in the aftermath of Madrid’s goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano at Santiago Bernabeu – a game viewed as a straightforward victory for Los Blancos on paper.
Madrid welcomed the mid-table side to the Spanish capital on the back of an impressive victory over arch-nemesis Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the 2023/24 campaign.
After falling behind to an early goal from Ilkay Gundogan, Madrid’s golden boy Jude Bellingham struck twice to hand Ancelotti’s side a 2-1 victory, giving them some breathing space from the Blaugranas.
However, they failed to repeat that feat against Vallecano, with Madrid dominating proceedings but ultimately failing to take their chances on home turf.
Ancelotti’s statements after the game include, “I prefer to beat Barcelona than beat Rayo Vallecano,” and “The team has shown its face, and for me, it is enough,” leaving a portion of the club faithful deeply unsatisfied.
His words have left fans and pundits questioning whether he truly understands the expectations and values of Europe’s most decorated football club.
Instead of delivering a message of determination and ambition, the Italian’s comments conveyed an image of conformity that conflicts with Madrid’s identity.
His attempt to downplay the stumble with a conformist message has backfired, and it could signify the end of his tenure at the Spanish capital.
Ancelotti’s long-term future has come under question in recent months, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season without news of a renewal on the horizon.
He has been linked with a move to the Brazilian national team, who have been on his tail since the end of last year when they parted ways with former manager Tite.
Ancelotti has undoubtedly put himself under pressure, but it isn’t uncharted territory for the experienced tactician, who will get a chance to repair his fractured relationship with the fans when his side takes on Braga.
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