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Ancelotti Can Thrive with Big Money Madrid Signings

Real's coach Carlo Ancelotti lifts the Champion League trophy after his team won, at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 24, 2014.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Peter GalindoFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2014

Real Madrid have been spending absurd amounts of money during this transfer window.

They signed Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, per the club's official website. Los Blancos followed that up by acquiring Monaco's James Rodriguez, per the BBC. Now it appears as if Angel Di Maria will be sold in order to make room for Radamel Falcao, according to Goal.com.

All of this active movement from Madrid has some fans worried. With so many talented players in the squad, it could make life difficult for manager Carlo Ancelotti. There is now enormous expectation to do well with these new players, but supporters should realize that he's the ideal coach for this situation.

Ancelotti had several talented players, like Kaka, that he had to rotate.
Ancelotti had several talented players, like Kaka, that he had to rotate.ALBERTO PELLASCHIAR/Associated Press

When Ancelotti was with AC Milan, they had a few outstanding attackers. Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi and Rui Costa were a few of the big names in the squad. Yet the Italian tactician was able to guide the Rossoneri deep into the Champions League and near the top of the table in Serie A.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will have to be key starters for Ancelotti this season. Assuming Falcao arrives, that might push Karim Benzema out of the team. However, that won't be a problem for the coaches.

Ancelotti had to deal with Shevchenko, Inzaghi and Alberto Gilardino in the same team at Milan. He'll be able to do the same this time around. As for the five players above that will need playing time, Ancelotti can tinker his system in order to accommodate them all.

Ancelotti has already proven that he can handle several big names in his Real Madrid squad.
Ancelotti has already proven that he can handle several big names in his Real Madrid squad.Paul White/Associated Press

That's how Ancelotti was able to play Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo up front, and Modric, Di Maria and Xabi Alonso in midfield. 

This will probably be Ancelotti's toughest test since his Milan days. Madrid finished third in La Liga last season, but won the Copa Del Rey and their 10th Champions League title. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will be strong competition in 2014-15, so it's vital that Real have a strong start. 

If Ancelotti can't balance all of these new signings, the fault lies with president Florentino Perez. He's clearly trying to shift the attention from Luis Suarez and Barcelona over to himself. Perez has been working for years to capture La Decima, and he finally achieved that last year.

Perez won't stop at winning just this one title. He wants to win everything possible, and no  team in the Champions League era have been able to defend their title. The hierarchy would love for that to happen.

Ancelotti is the right man to lead the team towards those goals. A deep squad is necessary to remain competitive in all three competitions, and Madrid certainly has that.  Even if it all goes south, very little of the blame will be directed at the coaches, although anything is possible with Perez as president.

As for right now, fans shouldn't worry about all of these new signings and how they will fit. Ancelotti always finds a way to keep everything stable and every ego smooth. That should lead to a couple of trophies at the end of the 2014-15 season.

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