Carlo Ancelotti appeared again on Wednesday as Real Madrid coach six years after being fired after being eliminated in the Champions League semi-final and fighting in the league until the end. Like this course, after which it was Zinedine Zidane who said goodbye. His second presentation as a white technician, telematics and with the company of Emilio Butragueño, director of institutional relations, and an employee of the communication department, was, among other things, a carousel of reunions which at one point led to a condensation of that circle between that march in 2015 and his return: “The only thing that changes in Madrid are the coaches,” he said, after recognizing several of the journalists participating in the video call. “We have had good times together.”
He hasn’t even changed what he promised upon arrival. “The same. The tradition, the history of this club is to play spectacular football, offensive football. It’s what the fans want ”, he said. As in the summer of 2013, before starting a course that culminated in lifting Madrid’s tenth European Cup in the Lisbon final against Atlético.
On the path that begins now towards that “spectacular football”, little specificity. Ancelotti insisted that the whole process that brought him back to the white bench has been very fast. “We haven’t talked about anything. Only the contract I had at Everton and the new contract ”, he explained. And he has insisted on several occasions that from now on he will review the template and market options to start making decisions. He avoided committing even to Sergio Ramos, the catalyst for the much-touted 10th Orejona with his goal in 93 that gave him an extra year and Madridismo relief from twelve years of anxiety. “Sergio Ramos is a very important player, he has been very important for all the successes. Let’s talk to the player. I don’t know the details, ”he said.
He has avoided being tied to the captain, whose contract expires at the end of this month, and has also avoided expressing any desire about the transfer market. Rather, he has pointed out that he considers that the players available to him are enough: “With this squad, if I remember correctly, without the players on loan, Bale, Odegaard and Ceballos, Madrid has reached the semifinal of the Champions League. fight for the League ”, he recalled. Not even the problem of the team’s lack of goal does not believe that it needs external solutions. “Benzema has to score 50 goals, instead of 30. Vinicius has to score more …”. And he has not ruled out that Gareth Bale could become part of the solution after months of sit-down at Madrid: “Gareth hasn’t played much, he hasn’t had much time in the Premier, but he has scored a lot of goals. He was very effective in the last games, when he has played with more continuity ”.
To learn about open situations such as Ramos’ and define the next steps, he has not yet had time to speak with the club’s sports management, nor with Zidane, although he has said he would call him. And he has praised his work: “What do I have to say about Zizou? He has won three Champions in a while. What he did was incredible, “he said. However, he did not want to enter into the open letter from the Frenchman in which he complained of lack of support from the club: “I do not know Zizou’s personal relationship with the president.
Ancelotti has not changed his promise of 2013 in the reunion, nor his goals: “The objective at Madrid is very clear, I know it well: to win titles. Winning the European Cup, winning the League, winning the King’s Cup ”, he said.