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ANCELOTTI RETURNS TO REAL MADRID – What to expect from the Italian Mastermind?

Carlo Ancelotti leaves his project at Everton to rejoin Real Madrid for the next three seasons. (Image Source: Twitter.com)

Real Madrid has once again made a statement of intent as they look to rebuild going into the upcoming LaLiga season by bringing back their former Champions League-winning manager Carlo Ancelotti. Affectionately known as “Don Carlo”, Ancelotti was the manager who was key to Real Madrid’s glorious “La Decima” season in 2013-14 when they regained their prized European possession for the 10th time.

Carlo Ancelotti has had a decent time off late with Everton in the Premier League in a season which started with the toffees looking like title contenders but ended the season by not even finishing in a European spot. Ancelotti considering his standards will be disappointed at his first full season with Everton but an opportunity to join his former employer Real Madrid was unanimous for him.

Carlo Ancelotti has also coached at Juventus, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain in his illustrious career so far. He has won the Champions League with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007 along with the La Decima with Real Madrid in 2014. He was sacked by the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez a year after his European success as the team wasn’t able to replicate what was initially achieved under Ancelotti. After Carlo’s re-appointment, Perez quoted ” I don’t know” when asked about the reason to initially sack Ancelotti after the 2014-15 season.

Carlo Ancelotti’s recent stint with Everton was indeed a curious one. Ancelotti was responsible for clearing the deadwood at Everton and achieve a European finish under new ownership. After taking over in the Christmas period of 2019-20, Everton went on a decent run losing just 1 out of 8 matches in the Christmas period and January before losing to Arsenal in late February. While Ancelotti did initially ponder on a 4-4-2, he realized the holes in the Everton system before shifting to a back 3 with pacey wingbacks to help recover and support the attack.

Everton’s resurgence in the summer of 2020 was all sparked by the presence of Carlo Ancelotti as his project attracted the likes of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Ben Godfrey to the club and all who have had a very good season at the club. Having the personnel that he would have liked, Ancelotti was flexible all season between a back 3 and a back 4 although a 4-4-2 was the preferred choice for Carlo. After a fantastic spell in the Premier League until October 2020 where Everton looked like top 4 contenders, they have slipped down the radar and finished 10th in the recently concluded season.

Carlo Ancelotti will be keen to build his attack around Karim Benzema as the striker has been key for the club over the years. (Image Source: Twitter.com)

While among the fans there are questions about Ancelotti’s ability to completely revamp a team after his recent Everton stint, there is no doubt he is the man for the big moments. Real Madrid, as they like to do, shows their real talents season after season in the Champions League, and Ancelotti will be handy with his experience.

His choice of two strikers up front could be an easier decision as he has successfully worked with Benzema in his last assignment at Real and they will be actively looking at another striker this window. While Ancelotti is comfortable with a 4-3-3 himself, his full backs become incredibly crucial to him as they need to be high octane and box to box. The wingers would be tucked inside and attacking the box at all times and the players in this squad might just suit the system he likes to employ. The pressure will be on the club to provide a desirable transfer window but Ancelotti might once again just be there at the right time to bring glory back to Real Madrid.

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