Finally, after not just months but years of waiting, Real Madrid finally have their man.
Carlo Ancelotti has long been pursued by the Spanish giants and signed a three-year deal and his first action as new Real Madrid coach was to bring in Paul Clement and Giovanni Mauri from his Chelsea days and add Zinedine Zidane to his coaching staff. “Zizou was a great player and now he wants a coaching role. I am very happy to have him alongside me.”
From various interviews he has already done it is clear that he has a clear vision for what he wants to achieve and how he wants to achieve it.
“All of the teams that I’ve coached have played attacking football. We scored a lot of goals with Milan as well as Juventus, PSG and Chelsea. My idea is to play attacking and spectacular football.”
“I want a team that controls the play, that has a nice idea of attacking football, that has good balance. I don’t think it will be difficult to play offensive football with lots of possession.”
“Real Madrid’s history and tradition are to play offensively. Fans want us to do well and the team has fantastic players with a lot of quality. So it will not be difficult to play spectacular football.”
Though he admitted that he has yet had the time to speak to President Pérez about any transfers it seems that Madrid are already looking to add some more of those “fantastic” players with the signing of young superstar Isco all but done and Suarez is being strongly rumoured with the club.
Ancelotti also spoke about having players from the academy in the squad saying “I think it’s important that there are ex-academy players in the squad because they love the shirt and the young players have enthusiasm. Within the squad there are young players who will be important in the club’s future.”
Ancelotti Fact File
Juventus – Intertoto Cup (2): 1999, 2000
Milan – Serie A (1): 2003–04; Coppa Italia (1): 2002–03; UEFA Champions League (2): 2002–03, 2006–07; UEFA Super Cup (2): 2003, 2007; FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2007
Chelsea – Premier League (1): 2009–10; FA Cup (1): 2009–10;
Paris Saint-Germain – Ligue 1 (1): 2012–13