After Real Madrid secured their passage to the UEFA Champions League semi-final with a 1-0 win over rivals Atletico, what lies ahead for Carlo Ancelotti? After all, Atletico posed somewhat of a genuine threat to Ancelotti in his bid to become part of the first side to defend their European crown. Neighbours Atletico had proven somewhat of a footballing thorn to the Italian maestro who had not notched up a win in over half a dozen matches.
This was also coupled with the fact that Los Blancos had only managed three goals in the space of seven games. Yet, Ancelotti's head might well and truly be on the chopping board. This is in spite of the fact that he may win the Champions League but as we have seen over the years, this feat has been without merit. In fact, Vincente del Bosque was soon disposed of despite capturing the European crown. Ancelotti is clearly aware of the game that the powers that be like to play at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Managers are scarcely in the hot seat before they are dispatched. This has already happened to the likes of Jose Mourinho as well as fellow Italian Fabio Capello. The board certainly pulls no punches when it comes to firing not to mention landing their chosen managers. Yet Ancelotti is one of very few to have not only won the Champions League as a player but also as a coach.
His services will no doubt be in demand come the end of the season, no matter what the outcome of the semi-final against Juventus. If he manages to steer Real to the final again, this still may not be enough to save him at the end of the current campaign. However, with the denouement of the season reaching an exciting climax, just where might Ancelotti end up in August?
10 Borussia Dortmund
8 Bayern Munich
7 Inter Milan
5 Paris Saint Germain
4 Tottenham Hotspur
3 Manchester United
2 AC Milan
An emotional return could well be on the cards for Ancelotti if he were to make a return to the San Siro. This is where he spent several years as a player, whilst ensuring he captured two consecutive European crowns. In addition to this, Ancelotti is only one of six individuals to have lifted the famous trophy as a coach and player. Furthermore, he is only one of two coaches after Bob Paisley to have won the European Cup three times.
1 Manchester City
By far the most plausible team where Ancelotti may very well end up is at the Etihad. With the Abu Dhabi Group having access to an abundance of funds, money is no object. On the other hand, Manchester City have had a far from impressive season which may might open up the door to Ancelotti. With Chelsea about to wrap up the league title as well as winning the league cup, City are only playing for second place. Worse still is if they finish fourth they will have to go through the painful process of having to qualify for the Champions League. Current boss Manuel Pellegrini has overseen a campaign which as fallen way short of the board's expectations. This is especially the case in the Champions League where once again they were knocked out by Barcelona. This is Ancelotti's bread and butter, which would make City one of the most likely candidates for the Italian's signature.
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