Carlo Ancelotti mentioned he hopes Xabi Alonso can coach Actual Madrid “sooner or later” after the Bayer Leverkusen boss was linked with the place following Actual’s 3-1 derby defeat to Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Alonso, 41 — who twice performed for Ancelotti, together with on the finish of a five-year spell as a Madrid participant between 2009 and 2014 — has guided Leverkusen to second within the Bundesliga this season, degree on factors with league leaders Bayern Munich.
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ESPN reported in Could that Alonso is the main candidate to take over from Ancelotti, whose contract on the Santiago Bernabeu expires in June 2024.
“I had Xabi Alonso as a participant,” Ancelotti mentioned in a information convention on Tuesday forward of Madrid’s LaLiga recreation with Las Palmas. “He has a high-level information of soccer. He is doing very properly with Bayer Leverkusen. He has that studying [of the game], that capability.
“I believe sooner or later — for Raul [Gonzalez], for [Alvaro] Arbeloa, for Xabi Alonso — their largest want is to educate Actual Madrid and I would like that for them as a result of I do know all of them, I like all of them. Let’s hope that sooner or later they are often Actual Madrid coaches.”
Alonso starred for a few of trendy soccer’s prime managers — Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola — as a midfielder at Liverpool, Actual Madrid and Bayern Munich, earlier than starting his teaching profession at Madrid’s academy.
He spent three seasons accountable for boyhood membership Actual Sociedad’s reserve crew earlier than taking on at Leverkusen in October 2022, taking them from a relegation battle to Europa League qualification.
Ancelotti confronted criticism for his crew choice and ways in Sunday’s LaLiga loss to Atletico after leaving ahead Joselu out of the beginning eleven and choosing Jude Bellingham in assault alongside Rodrygo, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in midfield.
“[Criticism] is a part of the job of a coach,” Ancelotti mentioned. “Once you’re Actual Madrid supervisor, it is regular that you simply get criticism when issues do not go properly… I’ve to judge, in a self-critical means, what we have completed, what we’re doing properly, which is quite a bit, and what we did not do properly towards Atletico Madrid.
“I’ve to judge issues with steadiness,” he mentioned. “Luckily that is in my genes, I am a balanced individual. It is not that tough. It is not about doubting every little thing. The crew had received six video games out of six, with all of the [injury] issues we have had.”
Ancelotti has ditched his common 4-3-3 formation this season, opting to make use of a midfield diamond to get the perfect out of Bellingham and compensate for his lack of attacking choices.
Nevertheless the crew’s defence was left uncovered towards Atletico, with all three targets coming from headers — two from Álvaro Morata and one from Antoine Griezmann — after crosses into the field.
“Each system has its weak point,” the Italian mentioned. “The midfield diamond is not good, neither is 4-2-2 or 5-3-2… This [formation] permits us to press extra, with extra power to win the ball again, however the weak point is usually [the opponent] can discover you out of place once they cross, as a result of the midfielders do not at all times have time to get again and assist the defence. When one thing is obvious, you possibly can repair it.”
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