Los Blancos have chosen the successor to the Italian coach
Real Madrid has chosen: Xabi Alonso will take the place of Carlo Ancelotti (who will become Brazil coach) as Real Madrid coach from next season. This was announced by ‘Marca’ according to which the 42-year-old former midfielder has overtaken Raul, the star of Real Madrid and for whom in recent weeks the possibility (now over) of a promotion from Real Madrid Castilla had been feared.
After five seasons at Real Madrid as a player, Xabi Alonso could return to Madrid as a coach. His Spanish experience as a player, which ended with two Copa del Rey, a championship, a National Super Cup, a Champions League (the tenth) and a European Super Cup, was more than positive, and the hope for Alonso is that it can also be so as a coach , should his move to Real materialize. Since October 2022 he has been on the bench of Bayer Leverkusen. After having collected the team in penultimate place in the standings with 5 points in the first 8 matchdays, he closed the season in sixth place and came one step away from the Europa League final, losing in the semi-final against Mourinho’s Roma. In this championship he has 13 points and shares the Bundesliga lead with Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, Ancelotti is dealing with criticism after the defeat in the derby against Atletico. “Criticism is part of the coach’s job. When you lead Real Madrid and things aren’t going well, it’s logical that they are there. Having said that, I have to evaluate the things we aren’t doing well; they are few, but we have to work on these aspects. My assessment is different: so far we have done well and we must continue like this. I respect all the ideas but I have to evaluate things with more balance and fortunately it is in my blood. I am a calm person, with the ability to evaluate the things. Questioning a team that has won six out of seven matches seems too much to me”, says the coach in a press conference on the eve of the La Liga match with Las Palmas.
“We face a team that plays well, has quality. We have to think about reacting quickly and winning after what happened on Sunday”, adds Ancelotti who then comments on the rumors about Xabi Alonso. “I know him because I had him as a player. He has enormous knowledge of football and is doing great things at Leverkusen. I wish him, like Raúl or Arbeloa, one day to coach Real Madrid. Because it is the best club and I am very fond of them.”