Ancelotti’s inspired substitution saves Real, coach drops big news

Ancelotti’s inspired substitution saves Real, coach drops big news

Real Madrid got off to a smooth start with a 2-1 lead in the Spanish league after overturning the scoreline away to Almeria. The champions had problems with a spirited opponent, high humidity and heat on the Mediterranean coast, and with the fact that the ball seemed to refuse to enter the home team’s goal.

And yet – this Ancelotti’s Real, champion of Spain and Europe, always seems to find a way.

Almeria took the lead early, as already in the sixth minute the defense of the “ballet” fell asleep and Ramazani, a former striker and from the academy of Manchester United, scored without a problem, left alone against Thibaut Courtois.

It took Real ten minutes to recover from the shock, after which Almeria’s goal was attacked as in the Middle Ages, when the coastal city was twice besieged for years. Madrid shot a total of 29 times at guard Fernando Martinez, with 15 shots on target. However, the ball did not go in, and the minutes passed.

Lucas Vazquez equalized in the 61st after Martinez again saved Toni Kroos’ shot, and in stoppage time there was a scramble, Karim Benzema missed but Vazquez stepped in to equalise.


The siege continued (fortunately without casualties and bloodshed, other times), and in the 74th minute Carlo Ancelotti made a substitution. While preparing her and giving instructions to David Alaba on the touchline, Luka Modric was fouled outside the box. The performance was stopped, Alaba came in, placed the ball and shot unsalvageable with the left-hander under the bar – 1:2!

“Ancelotti told me to go in and hit that foul because I will score a goal from it,” admitted the Austrian after the match. An inspired move that earned the three points for the favorites and La Liga champions.

However, the big news before the match from the Real camp was different. The coach announced that this was his last job in the profession and after the end of his stay in Madrid, he retired.

Carlo is 63 years old, and since exactly 30 he has been in the extremely demanding guild of coaches – first as an assistant in the Italian national team under Arrigo Sacchi, and then as an independent coach in Reggina, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Real, Chelsea, PSG , Bayern, Napoli and Everton.

He is the champion of Europe four times. His current contract with Real expires in 2024, and if not extended, it will mean that at 65, Carlo Ancelotti will devote himself to family, his beloved pasta and cheese, and gardening in his native Emilia-Romagna.