Carlo Ancelotti after his Ligue 1 triumph with PSG
According to InSerbia writer M. Djulic, Carlo Ancelotti will be named Real Madrid’s head coach on 3rd July. It is understood that compliance with Spanish tax laws have dictated the timing of the announcement.
So now that Los Blancos' preferred candidate is within touching distance of the Bernabeu dugout, it is apt to discuss why he can bring back the glory days to this magnificent club.
Real Madrid coaches arguably have the toughest job in football, as Los Blancos is beyond a football club—it is an institution. Managers have strict prerequisites that are far from negotiable: win trophies, play stylish football and keep the media, plus the board, satisfied. Ensuring fans' and players' happiness is a no-brainer, since the deliverance of the two former requirements largely results in contentment.
There are five crucial factors that would see Ancelotti (if his appointment is indeed confirmed) slot in well with the Spanish capital, in turn giving Real the best possible platform of creating a new footballing dynasty.
Ancelotti played alongside the Dutch trio of Van Basten, Rijkaard and Gullit for the Rossoneri.
Sure, Ancelotti has a wealth of experience, but consider the strong-minded and highly popular players in the dressing room at the Bernabeu? Can Ancelotti handle the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos?
In addition to his glittering managerial CV, having coached the biggest stars in world football whilst in his native Italy, England and most recently France, Ancelotti has also ticked the boxes on the pitch. A key member of the legendary Milan side under Arrigo Sacchi, the Rossoneri won the Scudetto and were the last side to achieve back-to-back European Cup triumphs.
The former midfielder rubbed shoulders with the best. On one hand, his teammates included miserly yet elegant defenders such as Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi and Mauro Tassotti (there could not be a better example of a defensive unit).
On the other hand, there was guile and vision provided by the exquisite Oranje trio of Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco Van Basten. Based on his Milan playing experience alone, Ancelotti knows how great players tick.
Ancelotti enjoys a joke with his players before a Champions League final.
In contrast to his Real Madrid predecessor, Ancelotti enjoys a good relationship with his players (although Jose Mourinho did, too, before his appointment to the Bernabeu).
Former players have consistently sung the Italian's praises, regardless whether he has suffered the indignity of receiving his marching orders whilst at Chelsea, or in Paris Saint-Germain’s case, where the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva are desperate for their boss to remain an adopted Parisian.
Ancelotti is the best coach in the world. He arrived at a new place with players he didn't know and a staff that wasn't his own. Despite all this, he settled in quickly. He is a winner. I love the way he manages the team, the calmness he can convey to us.
Importantly, the former Rossoneri boss has also made a point of never criticising his players in public. In fact, he’s is more likely to defend the vulnerable in public, which has yielded huge levels of trust and respect between players and their manager.
Ancelotti's jovial nature during media interviews is a breath of fresh air.
During an interview with Matt Lowton of the Daily Mail in 2010, Ancelotti demonstrated his down-to-earth style with a laid-back and open approach whilst discussing tactics and joking about his smoking habit.
I used to like that (smoking on the bench), although I remember one time, when we were playing Ajax in the Champions League quarter-final in 2003. We scored in the last minute and Gennaro Gattuso jumps off the bench and grabs me from behind. I almost swallowed the thing.
As per The Guardian's interview with Ray Wilkins, the former Milan boss is humorous and possesses a jovial nature, making him a likeable character at any club.
Whilst at Real, these skills may prove to be key as he will be at the mercy of possibly the world's most unforgiving media.
Midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo backs his ex-mentor Carlo Ancelotti.
Ancelotti followed in the footsteps of the regimented Arrigo Sacchi early in his managerial career, adopting his former mentor's inflexible 4-4-2 formation. The former Parma and Juve boss admitted during his interview with The Daily Mail that his rigid 4-4-2 mindset resulted in a steep learning curve, which then enabled him to explore new horizons and evolve as a coach.
It was Zinedine Zidane's presence at Juventus that changed his thinking, and the circle could be complete if and when the expected confirmation of Ancelotti's arrival in Spain is announced on 3rd July.
Despite coming under attack from Milan president Silvio Berlusconi for his negative tactics whilst at Milan, a key player during his Rossoneri tenure, Andrea Pirlo, has backed Ancelotti’s playing style during an interview with Marca. "He's a great coach who likes to play good football and his teams play with real style.”
Furthermore, his double-winning Chelsea side of 2009/10 boast the record for the most goals scored in a Premier League campaign (103) and the highest goal difference.
Positive noises for the Madridistas.
Real Madrid's fans will hope Ancelotti can guide them to a record 10th European Cup.
Finally, the pinnacle of Real Madrid attainment—trophies.
Trophies mean kudos, and everyone connected to Los Blancos will accept nothing less.
After narrowly missing out on major trophies during his early managerial career with Parma and Juventus, Ancelotti returned to Milan as a coach, guiding the Rossoneri to two Champions League titles, a Scudetto and he also became the first European manager to win the World Club Cup in 2007.
His achievements were widely acknowledged in Italy as he won the prestigious Panchina d'Oro two seasons in succession.
Ancelotti then decided it was time to travel. He left his native Italy to join Chelsea, winning the domestic double in his first season—an achievement that eluded Jose Mourinho during his successful reign with the West Londoners.
After his somewhat harsh sacking a season later, Ancelotti bounced back, leading Paris Saint Germain to their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years, plus reaching the Champions League quarter-finals last season, where they were narrowly defeated by Barcelona.
Make no mistake, Carlo Ancelotti has been the outstanding candidate since day one, and it finally looks like Real Madrid have finally got their man.