Real Madrid announced on Tuesday the hiring of Italian Carlo Ancelotti, 61, as a new coach for the next three seasons, after the resignation of Zinedine Zidane last week. The Italian still had three years left on his contract at Everton, which he reached in December 2019. This season, after even reaching the top of the table in the Premier League, he finished tenth, three points behind Tottenham, who will play the Conference League, and twelve from Chelsea, which marked the end of the Champions zone as fourth place.
This will be Ancelotti’s second spell at Madrid, after Florentino Pérez hired him in the summer of 2013, when he had a current contract with Paris Saint-Germain. On this occasion, the whites have finished deciding to rehire the Italian after probing, among others, the possibility of seizing the services of the current PSG coach, Argentine Mauricio Pochettino. On the table were also the names of Antonio Conte, recently resigned as Inter coach; Massimiliano Allegri, who has just signed to return to Juventus; and always with Raúl González, Castilla coach, in the bedroom.
In his first season as Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti ended up lifting the club’s 10th European Cup in the 2014 Lisbon final against Atlético de Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane as an assistant on the bench. It was the final of the agonizing goal by Sergio Ramos with which Madrid drew (1-1) in the 93rd minute and led the game to extra time, in which he ended up overwhelming Atlético (4-1). The Champions League led to another year for the Italian on the bench, after the League eluded him in the last few days and after having won the Copa del Rey in the Valencia final with the famous goal by Gareth Bale in which he beat Barta running outside the field.
His next course at the head of the white team began brilliantly, with a record of 22 consecutive victories between September and December 2014, in which he scored 80 goals and received 10. From there there was an incessant decline that led to the team to let the League slip away despite proclaiming themselves winter champion. In the Cup, Atlético eliminated them in the round of 16, and in the Champions League, Juventus beat them in the semifinals. Despite winning the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, the season was considered unsuccessful, Carlo Ancelotti was fired and in the summer he took over the Rafa Benítez team. The Madrilenian occupied the bench until January 2016, when he was fired and the triumphal stage of Zidane’s three Champions began.