Big surprise as the managerial roundabout has put Carlo Ancelotti back in the hot seat at the Bernabéu as he returns as Real Madrid manager for a second time.
Ancelotti, who signed a three-year deal, succeeds Zinedine Zidane at Real. In his first stint in charge, between 2013 and 2015, Ancelotti ending Madrids’ drought in the Champions League, while also winning the Copa del Rey, a European Super Cup and a Club World Cup.
During Ancelotti’s first spell, Real Madrid had one of their most memorable runs as they put together 22 victories in a row between September of 2014 and January of 2015, scoring 80 goals during that time and conceding just 10. Then injuries hit and the season ended with Real Madrid watching Barcelona win a treble.
“I would like to thank Everton, my players and the supporters for giving me the opportunity to manage this fantastic and historical club,” Ancelotti tweeted.
“I decided to leave as I have a new challenge with a team that was always in my heart, Real Madrid. I leave taking with me all the amazing moments we have experienced together and wish the club and fans all the best.”
Cadena Ser revealed on Monday night that, after being left high and dry by Max Allegri and frustrated by Mauricio Pochettino’s apparent reluctance to force his way out of Paris Saint-Germain, Madrid were turned to Ancelotti.
Ancelotti has won so much during his coaching career, as he has won the league title in the other four major leagues. Now, he’ll be desperate to win LaLiga Santander to complete the set.
Since leaving Real Madrid, he has coached Bayern Munich, Napoli and Everton, leading the Toffees to 10th in the Premier League in 2019/20, which was slightly disappointing considering they started the campaign so well.
Like Zidane or Vicente del Bosque, the Italian has always been known as a players’ coach and as someone who can connect with his superstars, having been a top-level player himself. He’ll hope that leads him to success during this second spell with Real Madrid.