For a few months now, Carlo Ancelotti has been criticized by Real Madrid and fans for producing inconsistent results. But somehow, he seems to be turning that around by coming up with good managing performances which perhaps might give him an edge to pocketing some titles and awards.
He made some bold but impressive decisions against Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, for which he was rewarded with a result that made him live up to the ever-enormous expectation of the Spanish Giants. Carlo for some reason decided to start Fede Valverde, whom he doesn’t start regularly.
He also subbed Toni Kroos for Eduardo Camavinga when the team was begging for defensive reinforcement. Carlo came up with a strategy where the team was able to take their chances in transition without the expense of sitting far too deep or being caught up with press or counterattacking into their half from Chelsea.
To follow that Champions League performance, the Spanish Giant coach put in another good display against a different kind of opponent in Getafe. It is fair to say Ancelotti did his homework on the bad decisions he made against big matches like Barcelona and PSG.
Saturday night really reinforced Carlo’s decision on the youngsters for the Bernabeu. Carlo, again trusted Fede Valverd and Eduado for a tricky match this season but then, they turned out to be the standouts in a dominant, technical and professional playout on every inch of the pitch, as Real Madrid never felt threatened in their home win against their local league rivals.
In both matches, Ancelotti made decisions most people would have labelled ‘wrong’ which turned out to be major reasons for victory. He withheld his trust for Asensio. He made the right subs at impeccable times. And most importantly, had the team play aggressively in balanced proportions of attack and defence.
Real Madrid still has areas to work on, such as marking in the penalty box. However, they look like a totally different team over these two past matches as compared to matches played earlier in 2022.
With this confidence and tactical prowness, It is right to say Carlo Ancelotti is finally getting it right at Real Madrid.