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It's possible that Carlo Ancelotti was just minutes from losing his position when Real Madrid were trailing 1-0 as stoppage time arrived.
Such is the impulsive unpredictability of club president Florentino Perez that the Italian would likely—and unjustifiably—have been under immense pressure if Los Blancos fell to defeat on Saturday night.
Instead, Ancelotti now stands as the only manager in history to own three Champions League crowns, per Goal.
Now, the 54-year-old has the chance to drive Real Madrid to the levels reached at the turn of the century under Vicente del Bosque.
There are certainly parallels in terms of approach between the two men. Like Del Bosque, the Italian has used a composed and team-first mentality to get the best of out his side while superbly managing the plethora of big egos that exist within the dressing room.
His calmness also appears to have galvanised the squad, after the more turbulent times that were routinely reported during Jose Mourinho's tenure at the club.
Del Bosque, of course, led Real Madrid to their most prosperous period in the modern era between 1999 and 2003, claiming two league titles and two Champions League crowns.
After a Champions League and Copa del Rey double in his first season, Ancelotti could be on course to match the famous Spaniard.