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 teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager
The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.
It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.
Turkey manager speaks out
Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.
As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.
“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.
Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.
“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”
Exit on the cards?
Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.
The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.
But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.
Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.