It has been a long time coming, but former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has been confirmed as the new manager of Real Madrid and bwin offers 17/10 that the Italian goes one better than his old Milan adversary Jose Mourinho by finally winning a tenth European Cup for the Spanish giants.
The 54 year-old has left Paris Saint-Germain after steering the French side to the Ligue 1 title last season to take the reins at the Bernabeu, replacing Mourinho, who has returned to Stamford Bridge after a three-year spell in charge of Real.
His appointment had long been expected, with the delay thought to be due to PSG’s desire to secure a replacement for their outgoing manager. Former France national team coach Laurent Blanc has today been confirmed as Ancelotti’s successor.
It left the path clear for Ancelotti to join the La Liga club, who are certainly pleased with the appointment, stating on their website today about their new boss: “Familiar with the pressures of managing the great teams of the continent (Juventus, Milan, Chelsea and PSG) the Italian is a guarantee to direct an exciting project.”
Ancelotti will now be expected to enjoy more success than Mourinho, who won just two major trophies in his three years – the La Liga title and the Copa del Rey.
Of course, there is no love lost between Ancelotti and Mourinho after the two locked horns as managers of AC Milan and Inter Milan respectively, with the Special One coming out on top in the period both bosses were in the Italian capital, as well as knocking Ancelotti’s Chelsea out of the Champions League en route to winning the trophy with Inter Milan in 2010.
But with Mourinho failing in his number one objective while at the Bernabeu – to win the elusive 10th European Cup that the club have been seeking since their last triumph in 2002 – bwin has priced up a market on whether Ancelotti can be the man to deliver it,
We go just 17/10 that the former Juventus boss wins the Champions League with Real Madrid before the end of his contract, which runs out in July 2016 (he is 2/5 not to).
Ancelotti is 5/1 to steer Los Blancos to Champions league glory in his first season, while he is 6/5 to wrestle the La Liga crown back from Barcelona next term.
Madrid are 2/5 to win a trophy under Ancelotti in the 2013/14 season (17/10 not to), while the Italian is 7/20 to still be in charge at the Bernabeu on August 1st 2014, and 39/20 to have left the club by that date.