Carlo Ancelotti leaves Everton for Real Madrid
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Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly facing increased questions on some of his decisions at Real Madrid following Tuesday night’s shock loss to Sheriff Tiraspol. Spanish football expert Terry Gibson has explained that some fans of the club aren’t happy with how Ancelotti approached the game against the European minnows.
“A week ago Ancelotti was the best thing since sliced bread and they were going to win everything,” Gibson said on Sky Sports.
“The draw at home to Villarreal at the weekend and then lose last night.
“They still believe Real Madrid will go through in the group and it is just a blip, but they are questioning the decision, the team selections.
“They’re questioning the fact that at 1-1 he decided to go without any full-backs and just kept throwing on more attacking players.”
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They have enjoyed a near perfect start to the league campaign with just four points dropped from seven games.
But the defeat to Sheriff raises some serious questions in Europe and failure to get out of the group stage may well see bigger issues for Ancelotti moving forward.
Express Sport takes a look at four options Real could consider if Ancelotti fails to turn their European venture around.
The most obvious candidate who would be available to step in whenever is former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.
The Italian head coach was reportedly considered before Real opted to bring in Ancelotti.
But there were seemingly some doubts about Conte’s possible fit at the Bernabeu due to his managerial style.
Most will depend on how Pochettino manages the addition of Lionel Messi at PSG and if he falls short on expectations then the Argentine boss may well face the axe.
Real has long been seen as a dream job for Pochettino, who began his coaching career in Spain at Espanyol.
Possibly the easiest transition would be for club legend Raul to take the hotseat over from Ancelotti.
The Spaniard currently manages Real Madrid Castilla, the reserve team for Los Blancos and has made no secret of his desire to take the main job at his former club in the future.
Xabi Alonso is another former Real star making his first foray into management and is currently in carge of Real Sociedad’s B team.
Taking over at Real may come too soon, but Zinedine Zidane proved he was able to make the step up back in 2016.
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