Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is under fire from all angles within the Spanish press.
The Italian coach has been heavily criticised in the fall out of Mesut Ozil’s transfer to Arsenal and things are only getting worse following the side’s home defeat in the Madrid derby last weekend.
Several pro-Madrid news sources have started to turn on Ancelotti as pressure rises following the Ozil deal, Gareth Bale’s world record transfer and the Spanish giants slipping five points behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
“Under pressure to integrate several signings and keep his president happy, the Real Madrid coach's playing style bears witness to his state of indecision,” reads the summary of a report written by AS.
The issues seem to lay at the heart of the performances from the club this season, with questions over Real Madrid’s style of play and whether Ancelotti is using the right tactics to get the most out of his side.
It’s a little ironic considering Real Madrid have one of the best squads in the world when it comes to flamboyant attacking players that don’t normally have problems scoring goals in a frequent basis.
“The problems began when the season proper got going. They offered little in a 2-1 victory over Real Betis, before sweating blood to win 1-0 at Granada,” the report went on.
It’s odd that fault can be found in victories but Real Madrid play in a league where their fans have grown used to not only seeing flamboyant football from their own side, but also the club’s main rivals Barcelona.
When Madridistas watch Barcelona playing good football, which they are this season, that’s exactly what they demand from their own team as each rival looks to send out messages each other on a weekly basis.
Ancelotti has made it clear he’s looking to get the job done because of the mentality he’s always had as coach and that seems to be creating friction with a group of supporters that are used to seeing their side pass the opposition to death.
“If we can score in three passes instead of thirty, then we will; at the end of the day, I’m Italian,” said Ancelotti.
Other than being criticised for the departure of Ozil and the way the side has been playing, AS also provides a list of key issues, six to be precise, which he apparently needs to get on top of along with everything else.
What this all means for Ancelotti is difficult to gauge. He’s been under pressure before but Real Madrid is a different animal because there is that constant desire for perfection, even when the side is winning.
It’s impossible for Real Madrid to start winning matches by four or five goal margins on a regularly basis but the pressure could force changes from the Italian and if he decides to axe players to ease his headaches this January, Premier League sides can be ready to pounce.
What do you make of the criticism? Unwarranted or justified?
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