Even though Real Madrid have already won two titles this season, in the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup, and even though they’re alive in the three major competitions, Carlo Ancelotti‘s future is up in the air.
That’s because of the unwritten rule that says that any Real Madrid coach who doesn’t win the league, Copa del Rey or Champions League has to leave at the end of the season.
Ancelotti knows this all to well, as it happened to him in 2014/15, but he hopes it’ll be different this year.
“I think we are going to win one of these three competitions, so it’s a moot point,” he said when asked about this in a press conference on Saturday.
“It’s something the club has to evaluate. The club will decide at the end of the season, but I want to continue.
“For as long as the club wants me here, I’m going to enjoy it, whether they want me here for three months or three years.
“Written rules sometimes change and unwritten rules too.”
Ancelotti underlined his believe that Real Madrid will win at least one tournament in 2022/23, pointing out that the Champions League might provide the greatest chance of success.
“We currently have a disadvantage in the Copa del Rey semi-final and are behind LaLiga, but we’re level with everyone who remains in the Champions League,” he said.
In any case, the Italian is clear that Real Madrid will be his last adventure at club level and he wants to prolong it as much as possible.
He is in love with the club and the city and has no desire to stop living this adventure.
If he does leave, a move into international football could be possible and Brazil have long been linked with him.
Ancelotti previews El Clasico
For now, the gap in the LaLiga title race is currently nine points, so Ancelotti knows a win is needed at the Camp Nou on Sunday if Real Madrid are to stay in with a chance of retaining the championship.
“We need to view Barcelona as a lion and not a cat,” he said as he previewed El Clasico.
“We have to prepare well and play well, individually and collectively, defensively and offensively.
“It’s hard to know how Barcelona will play because it’s a different game from the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg, when they defended deep.
“If we score early then it could be inverted. In any case, we’ll play attacking football.”