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Carlo Ancelotti appointed to replace Zinedine Zidane

Carlo Ancelotti, an Italian who was earlier in charge of the Real Madrid club between 2013 and 2015, has accepted a three-year contract at the Bernabeu. This second period as a coach will rejoin the Spanish giants from the English side Everton. Ancelotti has the most decorated CVs in the world’s football career. He replaces Zinedine Zidane, who left the club after failing to win the trophy for the first time in more than ten years. Zidane started his coaching career under Ancelotti and handles himself with similar moderation.

A brief statement from Real Madrid read that Ancelotti will be the new first club coach for the coming three seasons. Ancelotti had been a coach at Goodison Park since December 2019, and he managed to lead Everton to the 10th position in finals in the Premier League last season. The 61-year-old led the Champions League with Madrid in 2014, leading the Spaniard to their famous 10th place European crown, before being laid off twelve months later.

He is among the three coaches to have the European Cup or Champions League on three seasons. The other two coaches are; the previous Liverpool manager, Bob Paisley and Zidane. Ancelotti also led AC Milan to victory in 2003 and 2007. He has also headed Juventus, Paris St Germain, Chelsea and Bayern Munich in his career as a manager for 26 years.

Ancelotti has said he will demand more scores from Real Madrid’s striker next season and promised to play a passionate, attacking game when he takes charge of the club for the second period. He claimed that he had not had enough time to organize for next season but thought Real Madrid could use their resources effectively. “I will ask the same as last season. We need to play well, to play with more strength, be more prepared and play spectacular game as that’s what Madrid’s history and fans demand,” he said to a news conference.

Ancelotti said he would expect more goals from Real Madrid’s top scorer, Karim Benzema, who scored 30 goals in all games last season. “Benzema needs to score 50 goals instead of 30. Vinicius has to score more; everyone has to score more,” he added. I have lots of hope for the footballers, but we need to try and get more scores from the wingers and midfielders. It’s not about signing a proven striker who scores 30 goals; we need to have an offensive system and mentality.”

Ancelotti’s former AC Milan captain, Maldini, described him as a “nice, fat bear” who hardly gets angry. “That can only happen when he is eating because once he is got a folk in his hand, you require an army to stop him!” He is famous for his closeness to his players. His calmness, good nature, and vast experience have enabled him to play an essential role as a peacemaker. Ancelotti started his first spell at Real Madrid by healing wounds in a dressing room burnt by his forerunner, Jose Mourinho. He received the support and tenderness of the club’s heavyweights, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zinedine Zidane stepping down as Real Madrid coach

Zidane left Real Madrid because the team did not have faith in him. He had returned to Real Madrid for a second time in March 2019 after attaining two La Liga titles and three successive Champions League titles in his session from 2016 to 2018. However, he resigned after Real failed to win a trophy in this season in almost ten years. The team got the second position in La Liga. It was defeated in the Champions League semi-finals and going through a humiliating La Copa exit in the 32nd round to 3rd division minnows Alcoyano.

Zidane declared in an open letter published in sports daily AS the very first time he stepped down as a coach was in 2018 he left because he felt the club required a new strategy to remain at the highest level after celebrating so much success. “Right now, things are not the same… I’m resigning because I feel the team no longer has the faith in, neither do they have the support I need to build something in the medium or long term,” Zidane wrote, adding that he needed more appreciation from the team for his effort.

“What we attained in unity must be respected. I know football and I know the requirements of a team like Madrid. I know that when you lose you have to leave,” he said, “But for now, something very crucial has been forgotten, everything I have built everyday has not been remembered, what I have offered in the relationship with the footballers and with the 150 staffs of the club.” Zidane stated in a way he felt reproved by the team for attempting to improve those relationships.

“I was born a conquer and I was here to achieve success and take  trophies home, but above this there are human beings, feeling, life… and I feel that these things have not been recognized, that it wasn’t clear that those things are also crucial for a great team,”

“I wasn’t asking for privileges, of course not, but for some memory,” Zidane said. “Nowadays coaches don’t often lead for more than two seasons with a top team. For that to happen, human relationships are vital, they are more critical than money, more important than being famous, more important than everything else.”

He said that it hurt a lot to continuously read news in the media that he was at the risk of being laid off. “It hurt me, and it also hurt my colleagues because this information was intentionally released to the media created a negative impact on the team.” Following his resignation, Real Madrid said it honoured his decision and showed its gratitude for his commitment, professionalism and passion over the years and what he means to Real Madrid.”

Zidane knows that the Real Madrid fans adore him very much and that he will always have a place at Real Madrid,” the team added. His resignation comes after a frustrating campaign for the 13th time European champions.

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