Real Madrid are set to end the season with no major silverware, which by their high standards is regarded as a major shock.
However, what is not a major shock is the departure of head coach Carlo Ancelotti after two years in the Spanish capital.
The decision was confirmed in a press conference held by Real president Florentino Perez.
Perez said the following: “I would like to inform you that the board has taken the decision to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his post as Real Madrid coach,”
“It was a very difficult decision to make; the demands at this club are the utmost because Madrid always wants to win silverware.
“The affection that the players and the fans have for Carlo is the same as the affection I myself have for him.
“What did Ancelotti do wrong? I don’t know. The demands here at Real Madrid are very high.”
What the Italian did wrong was fail to win trophies with Real this season. Once Los Blancos were out of the Spanish title race and the Champions League the writing was on the wall for the former-AC Milan boss.
At a club were bosses have been fired after winning the Champions League, Ancelotti’s failure to win a trophy this season was almost an inevitable decision.
There is something wrong at Real Madrid that goes beyond the manager. Los Blancos have won just one La Liga title in the last seven years, despite the likes of Jose Mourinho and Ancelotti being in the Bernabeu dugout in that time.
The pair are two of the most successful managers in the history of the European football, which suggests the fact that something is not right at Real.
There are some big talents at Real Madrid, but there are also some big egos at the club that overshadow their talent. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos all have big characters and no doubt a big influence on the dressing room.
Ronaldo seems to have one of the biggest egos in world football. He may have the talent to back up his ego, but when things do not go his way he has a tendency for self-destruction. It seems the higher you get the greater your fall from grace.
The Portuguese superstar keeps collecting individual awards and breaking records, but the stark truth is he has won just one La Liga title in his six years in the Spanish capital, although he did win the Champions League last season.
His pursuit of personal rewards always seems to outweigh his desire for his team to win trophies and be successful. For someone so driven to personal success it may be difficult for him to focus on the team’s glory.
His presence in the squad may also cast a shadow over the manager’s authority, even one with the experience of Carlo Ancelotti. The 30-year-old may be part of the problem, despite all his goals and record-breaking.
Los Blancos fans may also be part of the problem at the club. They seem to be so impatient. Even when their team is winning they can show displeasure and they seem to scapegoat a player for no reason at times.
Real Madrid will now need to find a high calibre replacement for the experienced Italian boss, which may not be easy considering they have just sacked one of the most successful bosses in the history of European football.
Benitez is currently boss of Italian side Napoli, but his contract expires this summer, so he will be ready and available to take the position. He is a highly-regarded boss, but I doubt his appointment would inspire much excitement amongst the Madridista’s.
Last season Carlo Ancelotti inspired Real Madrid to their historic tenth European Cup, or ‘La Decima’ and he was lauded by the fans and everybody connected with the club from the Spanish capital. Even earlier this season the Italian was being praised for his managerial skills.
However, the nature of Real Madrid as a club in recent years seems to be if a boss fails to win silverware or even play football a particular way then they lose their job.
It seems that Real Madrid will never change as a club and the next boss will probably suffer the same fate as Carlo Ancelotti. If they do not change as a club though they will never achieve their aims of long-term domination at home or abroad.
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