Carlo Ancelotti says that he will not impose any of his ideas on the Real Madrid players which they are not convinced about.
One of the reasons Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Real Madrid ended so badly was that he was trying to make the players follow his rules and ideas. As much respected as the Portuguese is, for the first time in his managerial career he was dealing with a group of players who have won almost everything there is to be won: domestic titles, World Cup and the European Championship.
In the final year of his tenure at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 51-year-old, now at Chelsea, fell out with almost every Madrid player. The likes of Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo all got disillusioned with Mourinho, and by the time he left last summer, it was clear that the players were relieved to see him go.
In came Carlo Ancelotti and did in one year what Mourinho failed to do in three: win the Champions League for the 10th time for Madrid. And he did so with grace, calm, composure and finesse. Oh, the football Los Blancos played wasn’t that bad either. Ancelotti has managed a host of big names in his careers, players who have won it all, so no wonder that he did not have trouble in keeping a group of superstars under control.
The Italian has now underlined the difference in approach between him and that of his predecessor. Ancelotti claims that he will never impose anything on the players that they are not convinced about, keeping the lines of communication open between him and the team.
‘I have a good relationship with all the players but it is not easy’, he told Telecinco. ‘I speak with all the players on the same level. I am not going to impose something they are not convinced about’.
This is in stark contrast to Mourinho, who made it clear in the dressing room who the boss was. Of course, at the likes of Porto, Chelsea and Inter, he was dealing with players who had the potential and who were hungry for success so they bought his ideas; at Madrid, the Portuguese was interacting with players who had vast experience of winning silverware and who had strong opinions of their own.
However, one must not forget that Ancelotti has been at Madrid for just one year, while Mourinho was in the Spanish capital for three. Who knows what will happen next season if the Spanish giants start to stumble?