Real Madrid: The positives and negatives of having Carlo Ancelotti back

Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti
Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP via Getty Images) /

Now, the Negatives

On a starting note, Don Carlo has already been confirmed as the manager and I write this part as nothing but a hopeful and concerned fan of the club. Before I go on to mark out a few of his limitations, it is vital to note that these are all workable flaws and can be overcome. These are only areas where improvement can be made to ensure another successful spell of Don Carlo at Madrid.

Firstly, something that has been talked about a lot, his squad rotation. This aspect of his management was under a lot of criticism from his first spell with Los Blancos. He was more seen to be relying on his ever-trusted set of players more famously on BBC, the attacking trio of Bale, Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo. Here, however, one could argue that the lack of squad depth was a major reason for problematic rotations.

Well, the conditions aren’t too positive this time around. The pandemic woes on finances have tied down Perez’s hands to make this transfer window an overwhelming one. All of the link-ups with the club are mere rumors. But again, Real Madrid is a champion of the media and we still could see few players joining the club this summer.

David Alaba started the passage, link-ups with former Madridistas like Jorge De Frutos who played in the club’s B side only suggests that the financial restrictions are bound to show up and once more, the squad depth can be an overarching factor. Adding this up with the possible out-goings this summer, squad depth will certainly be compromised.

However, this would mean that more players through La Fabrica can have their chances in the first team. Raul has done a fine job with the Youth Squad and falling back upon the club’s Youth system may well be a make-shift solution.

The second matter of concern is that Don Carlo brings a train of nostalgic thoughts back with his return. As we argued earlier, some players need to leave despite their heartfelt contributions to the club. Ancelotti’s return however weighs the nostalgia a little higher now. More specifically, I am aiming at Gareth Bale, one of Don’s beloved “BBC” attacking trio. He is an expensive player, the highest-paid to be honest, and having him around without effective performances can be a serious consequence.

The last thought has to do with Don Carlo’s ideas and if at all a second spell given to him is the right decision in 2021 when it’s time to take chances at newer ideas from the likes of Raul or Antonio Conte. His adherence to a 4-4-2 is also something that would need adaptation to. Real haven’t been playing two strikers lately.

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However, Raul can indeed be promoted to the first team and if that happens a balance of experience and newer energy can be just what Real Madrid needs right now. In the end, Carlo Ancelotti has a great record of silverwares with top European clubs, and his project at Everton has been a commendable one. If squad depth is taken care of by the board, we may well be headed to another spell of delivering crucial silverwares.