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If you thought that the pressure on the Milan manager’s shoulders was intense, then it is nothing compared to that currently being endured by one of Allegri’s predecessors at San Siro.
Carlo Ancelotti was finally persuaded by Madrid president Florentino Perez to swap the French for the Spanish capital last summer, after years of trying to convince “Carletto” to take on the role of managing the world’s biggest football club.
And typically, now that Perez finally has his man in place, things are not quite how he expected them to be after the opening two months of the new season, with not only bitter enemies FC Barcelona ahead of them in the table, but also city rivals Atletico Madrid, too.
Los Blancos now find themselves in third place, five points behind both Barca and Atleti at the top of La Liga after the first eight matches of the new campaign, following the 100-per cent starts made by that duo in the league.
As a result, the avuncular Italian, who knows a thing or two about pressure and demanding chairmen from his time spent coaching the Rossoneri, faces three games over the course of the next 10 days against Malaga, Juventus and Barca that could ultimately end up deciding both Madrid’s season and his very own future at the White House.