Carlo Ancelotti’s Wish: Xabi Alonso as Real Madrid Coach

Key Takeaways:

  • Carlo Ancelotti, the current manager of Real Madrid, expressed his hope that former player Xabi Alonso could coach the club in the future.
  • Ancelotti praised Alonso’s high-level knowledge of football and his successful coaching career at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.
  • Xabi Alonso, a former Real Madrid midfielder, is considered a leading candidate to succeed Ancelotti when his contract expires in June 2024.

An Experienced Coach for Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, the manager of Real Madrid, recently shared his hopes for Xabi Alonso to take on the role of coaching the club in the future. Ancelotti believes that Alonso possesses a deep understanding of the game and has the potential to become a successful coach for Real Madrid.

Xabi Alonso’s Coaching Journey

Xabi Alonso, who had played under Ancelotti during his time as a Madrid player, currently manages Bayer Leverkusen. Under Alonso’s guidance, Leverkusen has performed exceptionally well in the Bundesliga, securing the second position in the league alongside Bayern Munich.

Leading Candidate for the Coaching Role

Reports from ESPN in May suggested that Xabi Alonso is the leading candidate to succeed Ancelotti as Real Madrid’s head coach. Ancelotti’s contract with the club is set to expire in June 2024.

Affection for Former Players

Ancelotti expressed his support for former players like Xabi Alonso, Raul Gonzalez, and Alvaro Arbeloa, who aspire to coach Real Madrid one day. He emphasized his admiration and love for all of them, hoping they can fulfill their dreams of coaching the club.

Background on Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso enjoyed a distinguished playing career under the guidance of top football managers like Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Ancelotti, and Pep Guardiola. He played as a midfielder for Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. Alonso began his coaching career in Madrid’s academy, then coached Real Sociedad’s reserve team before taking over at Bayer Leverkusen in October 2022.

Challenges Faced by Ancelotti

Ancelotti faced criticism for his team selection and tactics following Real Madrid’s recent LaLiga loss to Atletico Madrid. He discussed the normalcy of criticism when managing a club like Real Madrid. Ancelotti acknowledged the need for self-evaluation and balanced decision-making.

Adjustments in Tactics

This season, Ancelotti has departed from his usual 4-3-3 formation, opting for a midfield diamond to maximize the performance of players like Jude Bellingham. He also addressed the defensive challenges faced by the team, emphasizing that every formation has its strengths and weaknesses.

Ancelotti’s focus remains on achieving success with Real Madrid despite the challenges faced in terms of injuries and tactical adjustments.

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Tyler Potts

Tyler Potts is experienced football tipster and blogger. He has over two years of experience as a freelance football analyst and journalist. His hobbies include team sports, windsurfing and climbing. He loves the Bundesliga and the German national team. Tyler is invariable part of BettingID’s journalist team.

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