May 5, 2021. Carlo Ancelotti wakes up and checks the English Premier League table. His team, Everton, is eighth, two points behind local rivals Liverpool, with five games remaining. This isn’t the pool he used to swim in, but a fight with Jürgen Klopp’s men is on the cards.
But this is not the way things are. Ancelotti’s Tovez would go on to win just two of his remaining five league games on his way to a disappointing 10th place while Liverpool won five games in a row to finish third and qualify for the Champions League again.
May 5, 2022. Ancelotti gets up with a smile on his face. Liverpool are in sight again, but this time in the Champions League final and he will get there as the most coveted coach in the history of the match. It’s his fifth appearance in the dugout on European football’s biggest night. His departure from Goodison Park and return to Real Madrid could hardly have been better.
The nature of Los Blancos’ trip to the Stade de France was chaotic, but it was no accident. Ancelotti, famous for giving his players the license to play freely, made Real believe in himself until the last second of every round.
They are two goals behind for PSG before a superb hat-trick from Karim Benzema. Critics have pointed to PSG’s annual tendency to collapse as the key in the transformation. But then it happened again. Benzema’s hat-trick against Chelsea seemed to be futile as the Blues came back to tie 4-3 on aggregate. Then Rodrygo got them out of the hole and gave Benzema the moment to win again.
Against Manchester City it should not have been possible. Pep Guardiola’s team has advanced 2-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3 on aggregate at different times. Four leads of two clear targets. However, Ancelotti has instilled the kind of attitude that never says one which means one goal can always lead to more, and Wednesday’s late showing ended in shock for everyone and no one at the same time.
Bryce Inzaghi won Carlo’s second title at the University College London in 2007
Ancelotti has always been a quiet character, cultivating calm and confidence within the playing teams even as owners and board members claim control of the clubs he has worked for. He allowed Silvio Berlusconi to dominate the front-page titles at Milan while he quietly went on to lead the Rossoneri’s side to two Champions League titles and a Serie A victory.
When he went to Chelsea under Roman Abramovich, he displayed a superb style of play with players who had previously been required to play in a neat and orderly fashion under Jose Mourinho. Under the Italian’s leadership, they stormed the Premier League title and scored 103 goals with a goal difference of +71.
The wonderful character worked elsewhere. Paris Saint-Germain brought on their first Ligue 1 title under Qatar Sports Investment Group, then joined Florentino Perez at the Santiago Bernabeu and promptly led Real Madrid to their 10th victory in the much-anticipated Champions League in Lisbon.
Including the Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich in 2017, and this season’s La Liga success in his second stint with Madrid, Ancelotti is the first coach to win the domestic title in each of Europe’s five major leagues, and his new mark for his final visits to the Champions League also sets him apart from the rest. .
Whenever he was given the reins at a leading club, he was able to quell the noise that comes with leading a giant and go on to make the team feel like a winner. Embraces pressure and expectation without claiming any real credit. In Madrid he spoke of the “magic” of the Bernabeu, and on nights like Wednesday, it was achieved in the most dramatic circumstances. He never lost faith in his players, and they knew it. As a result, once Rodrygo made it 5-4 on aggregate, there seemed to be little doubt that they would make another comeback.
“I can’t say we used to live that kind of night but I think the same thing happened tonight that happened against Chelsea and against Paris Saint-Germain,” he told BT Sport after overturning City. “It’s really hard to say why, but the great history of this club helps us keep going when it looks like we’re gone.”
And now they face Liverpool and Klopp in what should be a fantastic Champions League final. He added of the challenge ahead, “It’s an incredible challenge, I’m really happy to be there against another great competitor, but we’re used to it.” “I think it will be another great football match.”
He’s already met Liverpool twice at this point as Milan coach in 2005 and 2007, but there’s almost nothing you can throw at Carlo Ancelotti that he hasn’t actually faced and beaten. He just exudes luxury and confidence, as if he belongs at all major occasions. And that’s because it does.
From tenth place in the English Premier League to the Spanish League champion and the Champions League final. A year is a long time in football, but that is simply Ancelotti getting back to writing. No manager is very good.
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