Real Madrid’s away game against Atletico Madrid at Metropolitano Stadium gives Carlo Ancelotti a chance to better his record against the crosstown rivals. After all, the Italian has managed a solitary win over the Rojiblancos as Real Madrid’s manager.
The former Everton and Chelsea boss does not enjoy a great record against Atletico Madrid, to say the very least.
In fact, Ancelotti has managed a total of 19 matches against Los Rojiblancos throughout his career, winning a mere seven of those and losing as many. What is even more alarming is that he averages just 1.37 points per game against Atletico.
Meanwhile, his away record against Atletico Madrid as Real Madrid manager is more troubling.
Over the years, the Italian, as Real Madrid manager, has coached a total of seven matches against the Rojiblancos away from home, winning a solitary game, drawing two and losing a whopping four.
Three of the four mentioned defeats came in the 2014/15 season alone, 1-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, 2 -0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16 and 4-0 in La Liga.
The other defeat came in the 2021/22 season when Atletico beat Real Madrid 0-1 towards the end of the campaign. Now it must be noted that Real Madrid had already won the title at that point.
Ancelotti’s only away win over Atletico as Real Madrid manager came during the 2013/14 season when his side beat the opponent 2-0 in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final.
Interestingly enough, the game was played at Vicente Calderon which means the Italian has not beaten Atletico at the Metropolitano as Real Madrid boss.
Given Los Blancos’ current run of form, however, it is safe to say that history could be changed tonight. After all, the defending champions have won each of their eight games this season in all competitions.
Real Madrid offer new €4.8 million-a-year deal to forward, player wants €6 million
With several Real Madrid players set to be out of contract in the summer, the club need to start making moves to tie down the stars they intend to keep hold of.
One such player who Real Madrid seem interested in retaining is Marco Asensio.
The 27-year-old looked certain to depart early in the season, but has managed to work his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and proved that he can be of value to the team.
It has led to the club altering their stance on his future, with Los Blancos now ready to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season.
According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have already tabled a four-year contract to Asensio with a salary of €4.8 million per year.
It represents a slight increase in his current wages, which stand at around €4.5 million per season. However, Asensio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is unlikely to accept these terms and is seeking a deal worth €6 million-a-year net.
The Portuguese super-agent will push for at least €5.5 million per season, but Real Madrid are unlikely to exceed the €5 million mark as per the report.
This is because Los Blancos believe that Asensio will never be a guaranteed starter at the club and they do not want to splurge heavily on a squad player.
The winger, for his part, has always maintained that he wants to stay at Real Madrid. But he is also seeking a prominent role and a bigger payday. If that is the case, a move away from the club could be the way forward for the ex-Mallorca star.
PSG were said to have tried signing him in the January window, and would be willing to offer him a €15 million signing bonus in the summer. Clubs from the Premier League and Serie A would also be interested in Asensio’s situation.
So, the ball is in the winger’s court now and it is upto him to decide whether he opts to accept the proposal tabled by Real Madrid or looks for a new challenge away from the Bernabeu.