Carlo Ancelotti proved a point to the world last season when he secured La Decima for Real Madrid after a long wait of 12 years but he now sees himself in a murky situation at the club.
Just around a year ago, the Real Madrid fans were going gaga over Carlo Ancelotti as the Italian had secured Real Madrid’s first Champions League trophy after a 12-year dry spell. Many managers came to the club but only Ancelotti succeeded in bringing home the 10th Champions League for Real Madrid. The former AC Milan and Chelsea manager also managed to secure the trophy in his debut season for the club. But now Ancelottia s job at Real Madrid is hardly secure and rumours that the Italian will be sacked at the end of the season are doing rounds.
Real Madrid started the season on a positive note as they won the European Super Cup but they also failed to win the Spanish Supercopa. Things got tense in the league as well as Real Madrid fell to two early defeats to Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid. However, Ancelotti managed to turn the season around as Real Madrid then went on to win 22 games on a trot (an European record) and one of those wins came in the Club World Cup final which made the sidewin the Club World Cup for the first time in their history. The year ended on a winning note for a Los Blancosa but 2015 brought with it one bad news after another for Real Madrid. The winning streak ended and Real Madrid were also eliminated from the Copa Del Rey by fierce rivals Atletico Madrid. The real crisis came to the fore when Real Madrid also lost in the league to Atletico, this time with a massive 4-0 scoreline.
Now, Real Madrid are two points behind Barcelona and are a win away from qualifying to the Champions League semi-final. However, what is worrying that if Real Madrid do not win either La Liga or Champions League, there is a real chance of Ancelotti getting the sack at the end of the season. But that will be a very poor decision and it will lead to more troubles for Real Madrid.
Club president, Florentino Perez must make sure that Ancelotti stays at the club for at least one season. But the former Chelsea boss, on his part, must also make some changes in his approach and policies. The manager hardly rotates his squad and waits for almost 3/4th of the game to get over to bring on his first substitute. This has resulted in key players such as Modric, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale facing some injury problems throughout the season.
The injury troubles have cropped up again for Ancelotti as Real Madrid will have to face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday without the services of Modric and Bale as both fell to injuries in Saturdaya s victory over Malaga. Missing two highly influential players in such an important game is something that can affect the result in a negative way for Real Madrid.
While it is true that sacking Ancelotti is not the solution, it can also be argued that the manager needs to do better and make more use of the world-class roster he has been provided.