Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time. While Real Madrid fans had their issues with Don Carlo earlier this season, the man who brought them La Decima clearly learned from his mistakes. He righted the ship, won LaLiga, and took the Merengues back to the Champions League Final through comeback after comeback.
Not only does Ancelotti have a good eye for talent, but you’d also think that he’d have a good idea for who could be a great manager in the future.
Recently, Ancelotti listed off the current Real Madrid players whom he sees as future managers, via Madrid Xtra on Twitter:
"“Who can become a manager in the future? Casemiro, Kroos and Nacho. Modrić… I’m not sure (laughs).”"
Carlo Ancelotti thinks all of ‘KCM’ could make it as managers
I am assuming the “I’m not sure,” is with regards to who else could, rather than specific to not being sure about Modric. Because, well, Modric has all the traits of being a great coach: intelligence, grit, humility, passion…it is all there.
And so is the case with the others. You will notice a lot of overlap between Ancelotti’s picks and our own Sai Siddhartha’s of current Real Madrid players who could become managers.
The most surprising choices of Ancelotti’s might be Casemiro and Nacho. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are often discussed as future managers by Madridistas, because, again, they seem to check off all the boxes.
But so does the third member of KCM, Casemiro. People really underrate his reading of the game, because he is more defensive and less technical. His brilliance is less obvious. Look at any game or even look at press conferences. The guy would know how to handle himself as a manager, and there’s a reason why everyone looks to him as a leader.
Nacho has a lot of those characteristics, especially grit. He seems like someone who loves looking out for other players. Nacho could be a great youth coach for Real Madrid, just like the others. Like Kroos, you can tell how much he enjoys teaching the game.
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Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, Julen Lopetegui, Raul, and, of course, Zinedine Zidane are a handful of examples of former Real Madrid players who became managers. There’s no doubt in the minds of Madridistas that multiple current Madrid players could follow in their footsteps. Ancelotti appears to be all for it, too!