The end of a manager’s tenure usually comes after an extended run of poor form by the team. Carlo Ancelotti is not in the same boat, though.
The Italian manager has guided his team nine points clear of second-placed Sevilla in the league. Moreover, Los Blancos also find themselves in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after a stunning remontada against PSG.
Yet, the Madrid outfit are looking to part ways with their coach at the end of the season. The board are said to be unhappy with the style of play and edgy wins in recent months.
Moreover, the recent humiliation at El Clasico is another prime example of Ancelotti’s tactics going wrong.
According to reports from Daily Mail, Mauricio Pochettino is one of the names on the list for next season. The PSG coach has had a dismal time in France and is almost guaranteed to leave the club in June.
Real Madrid’s biggest rival for the appointment of Pochettino is Manchester United. The Red Devils see the Argentine as the architect for their rebuild and are not expected to hold back come June.
The 50-year-old manager has overseen 75 games for PSG so far, winning 50 and losing on 15 occasions. The French club average 2.13 points per game under his command, though the same figure for his overall managerial career is a mere 1.67.
Kylian Mbappe is said to share a strong bond with the Argentine. Needless to say, their experience working together will be a key factor for Real Madrid next season.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.