God piece here. Carlo Ancelotti the type of manager who won’t rock the boat and will keep things ticking over in, hopefully, a successful fashion.
Interesting thoughts here. I would agree with this separate breed of manager between the philosophers and the pragmatists.
Let’s not forget that Laurent Blanc won everything in France with Bordeaux before Paris Saint-Germain and did his best to manage the French national team for a bit. That actually makes even more confusing that his name hasn’t popped up with all the rest in the rumour mill.
Blanc, Manuel Pellegrini, Massimiliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti are good shouts for this type of manager. Who else could fit the bill?
I don’t think Perez wants to learn from any other team though, especially not Barcelona. Will be interesting to see what happens this summer.
Didn’t know about those changes in the criteria for presidential election at Real Madrid. Seems like Florentino Perez may be in charge for a while. In answer to the article title’s question. Yes, Perez has too much power. Never mind though, I guess as a Barcelona fan I can’t be unhappy with the constant upheaval. As a football fan it’s annoying, especially when Carlo Ancelotti has done what he has.
Pretty much. Alvaro Morata could have stayed and basically did what Chicharito did during Karim Benzema’s injury and Jese could, and should see more game time. One wonders what will happen with Martin Odegaard.
As usual, when there’s a lot of articles with similar train of though we’ll get them all in one post. Here are some more good ones below reacting to Real Madrid’s Champions League exit.
Yup. That just about say sit.
For me, as I said, I used to be more neutral between Real Madrid and Barcelona but I think the tipping point came with the sacking of Vicente Del Bosque. Perez, not that I care anymore, is the reason Madrid is so inconsistent despite their starts.
As always, great piece by Gabriel Marcotti. We’ll see what the summer holds.
The question has long been asked but with Florentino Perez in charge the answer remains no.
As the author said at one point in the article, Bonkers. It is a really great article with some good poitns on why either side would get rid of the managers but if both managers are axed at the end of the season having won at least one major title then that would be crazy.
It would be somewhat understandable if neither won a trophy of any sort but even then it would be a ridiculous move from either side. Who else could Real Madrid and Barcelona get to replace Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique? Jurgen Klopp is a possibility for Madrid but that seems a strange fit and that’s a definite no-no for Barcelona considering the fans are so upset with the current “too-direct” version of Barcelona. Manuel Pellegrini might be a possibility for Barca in that sense I guess but the fact that he managed Madrid, and got sacked there, probably rules him out. There really aren’t any options for either side to look at in terms of managers.
One of my favorite managers.
I loved his Milan teams. If anyone thinks of him as a nearly man they should just look at how Milan capitulated after he left. Sure, he had some great players but you still have to do something with them. The pedigree of Milan means they really shouldn’t be struggling as they have and that’s all happened since Ancelotti left. Of course, Real Madrid will go and make the mistake of letting him go in the summer.
You can make that a 12-game winning streak now after the Liverpool game.
Definitely agree with Bleacher Report’s Samuel Mardsen here. Carlo Ancelotti is arguably one of the most underrated big managers in the game. Last season, and this one so far, would not be possible without his man-management and tactical skills.
I’ve always been a fan of the Italian manager. He’s probably my favorite above the likes of Fabio Capello, Marcello Lippi and Giovanni Trapattoni and including the newer guys like Roberto Mancini, Antonio Conte and Cesare Prandelli. Arrigo Sacchi doesn’t count as I was too young to understand his exploits at the time. Definitely major respect for him though but I never really saw him work.
Arsene Wenger fans ask if other managers could do what he’s done. Well Real Madrid fans may have to start asking the same questions should any questions arise over Ancelotti’s future. Picking up more silverware would definitively help but he’s done well enough if you ask me.
There will be more on Ancelotti later this week.
Michael Cox analyzes how Carlo Ancelotti was able to get the best out of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same squad. It certainly paid off in the Champions League.
It’s fair to say that Bale outshined Neymar in terms of big-money signings last season, and quieted a few doubters.