Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone backs his Real Madrid counterpart Carlo Ancelotti against the sack

Carlo Ancelotti press conference

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is under pressure following his side’s recent Champions League exit.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has come to the defence of rival Carlo Ancelotti by telling Spanish paper AS that Real Madrid would be mad to let him go.

The Italian coach has come under pressure from the press over the past few months following a run of sub-par performances and ensuing struggles on the trophy front.

La Liga defeats to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid meant Los Blancos were realistically left to settle for the Champions League following a previous Copa del Rey exit at the hands of their city rivals.

And their dream of becoming the first team to defend the trophy in its current format was crushed in mid-week as they suffered a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Juventus at the semi-final stage.

A trophy-less campaign in the Spanish capital is looked upon by the Spanish media as a disaster, and calls have already begun for Ancelotti’s sacking by a sector of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd.

However, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone feels his counterpart deserves to stay in the Madrid hot-seat and stated it would be the club’s loss should the former Chelsea boss leave.

“He is a fantastic coach and a great people manager. It’s obvious that if Madrid let him go they will lose an important figure because he is the man who connected the squad. If Ancelotti leaves, it’ll be Madrid’s loss,” the popular Argentine coach explained.

Ancelotti has managed Real Madrid for a total of 117 matches in all competitions, overseeing 87 victories – 74.36% win ratio – with an incredible 312 goals.

His record at the club is among the finest in history, though Jurgen Klopp’s sudden availability may well prompt president Florentino Perez to take the risk and seek an immediate change.

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