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Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid because they needed ‘the best’ coach

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Carlo Ancelotti will go down as one of Real Madrid’s greatest-ever managers. Deputed as the coach of one of football’s most successful clubs, the Italian managed to take the Spanish side to glory in two different stints.

In Apple TV’s documentary Real Madrid: Until the end, Ancelotti reveals the story behind his return to the Galacticos for a second managerial spell and how the move stemmed out of an unexpected call.

“I called Real Madrid at the end of the season, I was coaching Everton. I asked if they have any players they didn’t want. Then I realised they were looking for a coach, I said ‘Real Madrid always need the best’ they asked who is that? I said ‘did you forget about 2014’.”

At the time, the Italian tactician had just guided Everton to a tenth-place finish in the Premier League that year.

His conversation with the CEO of Real Madrid, Jose Angel Sanchez, happened to venture into the topic of Real Madrid’s hunt for Zinedine Zidane’s replacement, and Ancelotti’s casual offer to take over became a serious consideration.

Three days later, he was revealed as the Merengues‘ new coach. The rest, as they say, is history.

Ancelotti’s first spell with Real Madrid lasted 693 days, from June 2013 until his sacking in May 2015.

He failed to win La Liga in both his seasons at the club but won the Copa del Rey in 2013/14. He also ended the club’s 12-year drought in the UCL by guiding the men in white to European success in his first season.

Since his appointment in 2021, he has only gone on to add more accolades to his CV, guiding them to La Liga and the Champions League. However, his future beyond this season is under doubt given the team’s inconsistent performance.

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  1. Sampson

    March 11, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Real Madrid always go for the best, the records are there (Zidane and Ancelotti). I wish the best for the current campaign (2022/2023) UCL, also the laliga competition.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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