Real Madrid lost 2-1 to bitter rivals, Atletico Madrid at the weekend and now Carlo Ancelotti is sure to be under intense pressure as Los Blancos are already six points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona.
This is Real Madrid’s second consecutive loss following a 4-2 defeat to Real Sociedad and with such influential players such Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso departing it could be a transitional period for the Champions League winners.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side have now won back-to-back La Liga games at the Bernabau and this defeat could certainty heap pressure on Carlo Ancelotti who was sacked by Chelsea at the end of the 2010-11 season.
Real Madrid’s star performers such as James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale failed to influence the game and Madrid seemed overly dependant on Cristiano Ronoaldo who looked impressive after doubts about the Portuguese star’s fitness.
Barcelona have gained maximum points despite a more difficult fixture list than their rivals. Luis Enrique’s side have managed to win against Villaraeal and Athletic Bilbao who finished 4th last season.
Real Madrid will have to travel to El Madrigal at the end of this month, a notoriously difficult place to pick up a win and Madrid will need to win this game or Carlo Ancelotti could be under increased pressure.
Real Madrid have never won the Spanish domestic title afer suffering two defeats in their opening three games and the likes of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos will come under increased scrutiny to produce better performances to ease the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti.
The loss of Angel Di Maria has deprived Madrid of a midfielder with energy, pace and penetration. Madrid President Florentino Pérez has opted to sign new high profile names to please the Real Madrid fans, but arguably they are a weaker team this season.
Xabi Alonso had also been pivotal to their midfield in the last number of years, offering the ability to conrol the tempo of the game for the star players to flourish.
The exprienced Spaniard reportedly wanted a new challenge and Madrid allowed the classy midfielder to leave for a nominal fee as the former Liverpool man was a great servant in the last number of years.
Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has brought in new star players and now he may look to a high profile manager to replace Carlo Ancelotti as Los Blancos have, so far, failed to function this season.
Pérez has been notiously ruthless in the past, deciding not to renew Vincente del Bosque’s contract after he guided Los Blancos to the La Liga title in 2002/03.
In 2004 when Claude Makélélé asked for an improved contract, as the the classy defensive midfielder was earning a fraction compared to the likes of Zinedine Zidane & David Beckham, Pérez decided to sell the midfielder who was then a revelation under Jose Mourinho.
Pérez claimed they would not miss the French midfielder at the time.
“We will not miss Makélélé. His technique is average, he lacks the speed and skill to take the ball past opponents, and 90% of his distribution either goes backwards or sideways”
Carlo Ancelotti is certaintly under pressure and considering the high profile arrivals of the summer, Pérez will not hesitate to dismiss the Italian if Madrid fall further behind. Their trip to el Madrigal at the end of this month looks to be a crucial game for the former AC Milan manager.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena