Real Madrid edge closer to unbeaten run record under Ancelotti
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti must be on cloud nine after receiving exalting praises from the club’s former manager Leo Beenhakker. Ancelotti, who is slowly nearing Real Madrid’s record run of unbeaten games, captured the top spot in La Liga after Barcelona’s surprise 3-1 defeat to Real Sociedad.
Real Madrid, who defeated Elche 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu, are now unbeaten in 26 games. The club’s current record of unbeaten games is 34, which was set by Beenhakker’s side back in the 1988-89 season. With the famous “Quinta del Buitre”, a team of homegrown players including the legendary forward Emilio Butragueno, Beenhakker led Real Madrid to La Liga and Copa del Rey trophies.
The Dutch boss admits he is happy to see that Ancelotti has united the Real Madrid team after a long time. Beenhakker also joked about how Ancelotti could replace his name in the history of Real Madrid.
“Ancelotti has a great team, and it is clear he can catch up with the record,” Beenhakker told AS. “They are playing football at a very high level. Everything works well, and I am happy for them. I am going to send Ancelotti an email which says: ‘Hey Carlo, you’re my friend, but keep your hands off my record!’”
Beenhakker added that he was particularly impressed by Ancelotti’s ability to keep all big names in his squad happy and satisfied even though most of them didn’t get their desired amount of time on the field.
“[Ancelotti] is showing he is a master with the way he manages well all these figures,” Beenhakker said. “He seems to have them all really plugged in. They are all committed, not just 11, not 14, but more. All of them. He knows how to manage very complicated matters.”
The 3-0 victory over Elche on Saturday was settled with a brilliant 30-yard stunner from Gareth Bale. Beenhakker feels the level of passion Real Madrid fans show to homegrown players is justified. Beenhakker said that it was something he experienced with Butragueno, Miguel Pardeza, Manolo Sanchis, Michel and Rafael Martin Vazquez during his time.
Despite criticism on Jese Rodriguez, Beenhakker said that the young Spaniard was a rare talent. The Dutchman also explained the importance of having home grown players in the team. Beenhakker also reserved special praise for Bale, who according to him has done well to settle down at Real Madrid.