Bu 2015 has not gone to plan, and after seeing his side being jeered off the pitch on Tuesday after losing 4-3 at home to Schalke in the Champions League. The midweek result, which saw holders Real progress to the quarter-final stages with a 5-4 aggregate win, followed a disappointing run of games in La Liga, which has seen Ancelotti’s team be overtaken by Barcelona.
Now the Madrid mouthpiece, MARCA, is reporting that Real’s trip to the Camp Nou on 22nd March could seal Carlo Ancelotti’s fate at the club, but anything less than three points against Levante at the weekend could even see Ancelotti removed ahead of El Clasico.
According to reports out of Spain, Real president Florentino Pérez still backs his manager, telling his manager after the Schalke game:
“Do whatever you want, change whoever you want and play however you want, but you have to sort this out”.
Ancelotti is not someone who panics, but what does he do to shake up his team. One move would to drop Ikeer Casillas and bring in Keylor Navas. Casillas has been horrible this season, showing the kind of form that caused Jose Mourinho to drop him three seasons ago. The other change could be to take record signing Gareth Bale out of the firing line. Bale has poor since got heavily criticized for not passing to Ronaldo a couple of months ago, and has looked like a shadow of the player recently that eh was last season.
What Real Madrid needs at the moment is a steady hand. Hopefully Perez is not reading Marca’s polls recently which have a majority of the club’s fans replacing Ancelotti with Zinedine Zidane. Zidane was a great player. But he is an unproven player and Real Madrid is not the type of club that you give the reigns to an unproven manager. Not if you still have hopes of doing the double this season.