New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti makes big promises including La Decima
Carlo Ancelotti arrives at Real Madrid’s helm with a ton of responsibility and a plethora of promises. The Italian tactician has to correct team chemistry, resolve locker-room and office politics, ensure Cristiano Ronaldo stays at the club and help Real Madrid get over their La Decima curse.
The long awaited La Decima, Real Madrid’s 10th Champions League title, has managed to elude the Spanish club for over a decade now. The Galacticos and Cristiano Ronaldo managed to bring Real Madrid close breaking this curse, but they failed.
In his official presentation on Wednesday, Carlo Ancelotti told reporters that one of his promises was to bring La Decima to Real Madrid. The former AC Milan manager, who stood beside Real Madrid’s sporting director Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez at the unveiling promised to bring many more silverwares to Real Madrid’s trophy room.
Carlo Ancelotti told reporters that he understood he had a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, but he wasn’t afraid; in fact, he was fully committed to the cause. The 54-year-old manager, who quit at Paris Saint-Germain to join Real Madrid, admits the task before him is big, but he is motivated to bring out the best.
“We all know that La Decima is the big objective, for the club, for everyone,” Carlo Ancelotti said. “I have that ambition and that responsibility, that is not a problem for me. Every year the coach has a responsibility. To win la decima is such a big motivation.”
Real Madrid last won the Champions League in the 2001-02 season, when Zinedine Zidane scored through a memorable volley against Bayer Leverkusen to bring the Champions League trophy home. Rumors of Zinedine Zidane joining Carlo Ancelotti in the coaching staff were confirmed by the Italian boss, although he refrained from revealing the exact role of the Frenchman.
“Zidane will be on the bench, the only pity is he cannot play,” Carlo Ancelotti added coyly. “Zizou was a fantastic player, everybody knows him, now he has decided to be a coach. I am very happy to work at his side. He will be a very good assistant, along with my usual assistant Paul Clement.”
Carlo Ancelotti thanked his previous employers, Paris Saint-Germain, for releasing him to join Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti had a yearlong contract left with Paris Saint-Germain, who at first refused to let him go and also struggled to find a proper successor.
“PSG is now the past,” Carlo Ancelotti said. “I want to thank everyone in Paris for the experience I had there, but that is over now. I want to wish luck to everyone there, including [the French club's new coach] Laurent Blanc.”